Pakistan allocates US$40.7m to space agency for 2018-19

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Pakistan, in its latest budget released on 27 April 2018, has allocated PKR4.7 billion (~US$40.7 million) to Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Organisation (SUPARCO). This is a 34% jump over the previous year’s budget allocation.

According to a report by Dawn News, this year’s budget includes PKR2.55 billion (~US$22 million) for three new programs:

  • US$11.7 million for Multi-Mission Satellite (PakSat- MM1) dedicated to live satellite television, broadband data transmission and emergency telecommunications services.
  • US$8.7 million for three “Pakistan Space Centre” sites in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
  • US$1.7 million for the establishment of a “Space Application Research Centre” in Karachi.

The intention is to reduce reliance on foreign entities and satellites and develop indigenous capabilities and because of the “changing scenario in the region” [presumably in the geopolitical sense] according to the Dawn News report.


  1. Actually we have to focuse on SUPARCO much more then PAEC because Blastic missiles etc. are not very important as compare to SUPARCO for us now a days and we want to progress in space programme. Sir even we are not include in top 10 space programme ranking!


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