SUPARCO HISTORY

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THE INCEPTION On 16 September 1961, a Space Sciences Research Wing of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was established with the following members.
- Prof Abdus Salam, FRS Chairman
FLIGHT TEST RANGE In 1961-62, 477 acres of land was acquired from Minsitry of Science and Technology. At that time it was called as “Inter Services Proof Range ISPR". Later on, it was renamed as FTR (Flight Test Range).
REHBAR I & REHBAR II SOUNDING ROCKETS The first rocket launched by PAEC, on 07 June 1962 at 1953 hours, the two-stage rocket: Rehbar-I consisting of a Nike-Cajun combination (which was earlier developed by...
ESTABLISHMENT OF SUPARCO On 25 July 1964, SUPARCO was placed under the direct control of President of Pakistan. From 16 September 1964, SUPARCO started functioning...
GALLERY 1961-65 Images 1961-1965 Time Period
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AS A SEPARATE ORG On 8 March 1966, SUPARCO was constituted as a...
read more FIRST EXECUTIVE DIR On 15 April 1967, Air Cdre W.J.M. Turowicz was...
SHAHPAR ROCKET On 29 March 1968, SHAHPAR was launched... read more DESIGNED REHNUMA-1 On 31 March 1969, REHNUMA-1 was...
TAIR ROCKET In 1969, SUPARCO launched a rocket named as TAIR.
INT-COOPERATION Pakistan - United Nations Regional Training...
TRANSFER OF ADMINISTRATIVE... On 01 February 1970, the... read more SECOND DIRECTOR In 1970, Air Cdre K.M. Ahmed was appointed...
GALLERY 1966-70 Images 1966 - 1970 Time period
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ESTABLISHMENT OF SPACE APPLICATION
& RESEARCH CENTRE
In 1971, under the SPARCENT project, construction of space research labs, library, auditorium and other facilities was completed. With the joint efforts of Dr Shafi, Mr Rehmatullah and Mr Ansari, Space Applications and Research Centre was established around 1970-1972.
PAK SHAHPAR-I (DRAGON II-B)
ROCKET
On 28 April 1972, PAK SHAHPAR-I Rocket fabricated for the first time in Pakistan was successfully launched from Sonmiani. It was capable of carrying a payload of 55 kg to an altitude of 450 km.
GALLERY 1971-75 Images 1971 - 1975 Time
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THIRD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SUPARCO In 1976, Air Cdre K M Ahmad relieved his charge to Mr Salim Mehmud.
FOURTH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SUPARCO On 15 December 1979, Dr M Shafi Ahmed took over the charge of the office of Executive Director of SUPARCO.
GALLERY 1976-80 Images 1976 - 1980 Time
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FIRST CHAIRMAN OF SUPARCO On 22 April 1981, Mr Salim Mehmud was appointed as the first Chairman of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO).
UPGRADATION OF SUPARCO TO THE STATUS OF AN AUTONOMOUS COMMISSION SUPARCO was recognized and established as an independent national organization with the status of full-fledged Commission through the Presidential Ordinance on 21 May 1981.
Under this ordinance, a Space Research...
INITIATION OF PAKSAT PROJECT In 1982, SUPARCO initiated a National Communication Satellite System (PAKSAT) project for which a National Users Committee was constituted comprising representatives from SUPARCO, Pakistan Teleghraphs and Telephones (PT&T), Pakistan Television Corporation (PTVC), Pakistan Broad-casting corporation...
GALLERY 1981-85 Images 1981 - 1985 Time Period
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SECOND CHAIRMAN On 13 April 1989, Mr Salim Mehmud handed over...
read more AEROSAPCE INSTITUTE On 08 February 1989, Aerospace Institute...
SRDC-L Satellite Research & Development Centre... read more FIRST REMOTE SENSING SATELLITE GROUND STATION
SPARC & SPARS Provides remote sensing data from SPOT series... read more BADR-1 & LUT On 16 July, 1990, BADR-1 satellite designed...
POSTAGE STAMP To commemorate the occasion... read more THIRD CHAIRMAN On 16 October 1990, Dr Shafi Ahmad got retired...
GALLERY 1986-90 Images 1986 - 90 Time Period
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VISITS DR ABDUL QADEER KHAN, SGS ISLAMABAD, 1992
FAQROOQ AHMED LAGHARI VISITED KARACHI, 6 Jan 1994
MINISTERIAL CONTROL OF SUPARCO On 10 December 2000, SUPARCO was transferred from Cabinet Division to the Strategic Plans Division for placing it under the aegis of the Development Control Committee (DCC) of the National Command Authority (NCA).
FOURTH CHAIRMAN OF SUPARCO On 20 June 1997, the Cabinet Division issued the notification of appointment of Dr. Abdul Majid as Chairman SUPARCO.
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FIFTH CHAIRMAN OF SUPARCO On 30 April 2001, Maj Gen Raza Hussain was appointed as new Chairman of SUPARCO.
Maj Gen (Retd) Raza Hussain served SUPARCO till 31 Aug 2010.
BADR-B Pakistan’s second satellite BADR-B was launched on 10 December 2001 from Baikonour Cosmodrome, Kazikistan. The Zenit-2 rocket carried it into a 1018 km sun-synchronous circular orbit...
IMPLEMENTATION OF PAKSAT PROJECT Pakistan’s first communication satellite PAKSAT (Phase-1), a hired satellite, was relocated to 38o East latitude slot in the geo-stationary satellite orbit in Dec 2002 to meet...
SITT SUPARCO Institute of Technical Training... read more ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL CENTRE FOR REMOTE SENSING & GEO-INFORMATICS
GALLERY 2001-05 Images 2001 - 05 Time Period
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SIXTH CHAIMAN OF SUPARCO On 1st Sep 2010, Maj Gen (Retd) Ahmed Bilal took over the charge of the office of Chairman SUPARCO till present. SATELLITE CONTROL FACILITY CONSTRUCTED AT KIS IN 2011
PAKSAT 1R SATELLITE To replace PAKSAT, which was completing its service life by the end of 2011, a new satellite PAKSAT 1R, built in cooperation in China was launched and placed in orbit on 14 August 2011. It has 30 transponders in C and KU bands.
PAKSAT 1R VIDEO PAKSAT 1-R Documentry with
Chairman's Speech
GALLERY 2006-14 Images 2006 - Present
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