• Wednesday, May 29, 2024


Pakistan’s ICUBE-Q satellite joins China’s lunar exploration mission

CubeSats are miniature satellites typically characterised by their small size and standardised design. (Representative image: iStock)

By: Vibhuti Pathak

Pakistan’s inaugural lunar satellite mission has commenced alongside China’s Chang’e-6 probe, marking a significant step in the country’s space exploration journey. The ICUBE-Q orbiter, developed by Pakistan’s Institute of Space Technology (IST) in partnership with Chinese and national agencies, is equipped with two optical cameras for surface imaging.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif hailed this collaborative endeavor, foreseeing advancements in satellite communication and scientific research capabilities. Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation in space exploration.

The ICUBE-Q satellite, designed to collect samples from the far side of the Moon, will orbit for three to six months, contributing valuable data for research and technological advancement. This mission aligns with China’s Chang’e-6 mission, which aims to collect and return samples for scientific studies.

CubeSats, such as ICUBE-Q, play a crucial role in space exploration due to their small size and standardized design. They offer cost-effective solutions for scientific research and data collection. Pakistan’s participation in China’s lunar mission underscores the country’s commitment to advancing its space capabilities and fostering international collaboration in space exploration.

“Just as in the nuclear field, our scientists, engineers, and talented individuals are diligently striving in this field,” Prime Minister Sharif remarked, highlighting Pakistan’s dedication to space exploration and technological innovation.

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