Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO)

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  +92 21 34690765
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SUPARCO Road P. O. Box No. 8402 , Karachi , Pakistan , 75270

The Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission of Pakistan (SUPARCO; Urdu: خلائی و بالائی فضائی تحقیقاتی مأموریہ‎) is a governmental agency which was established on 16 September 1961. The SUPARCO is responsible for the nation's public and civil space programme and for aeronautics and aerospace research. Its mission is to conduct peaceful research in space technology and promote the technology for socio-economic uplift of the country.

The most earliest achievement of SUPARCO activities was its unmanned space flight programme that was recorded on 7 June 1961.In 1970s, the space programme suffered many setback and experience number of difficulties, including lack of government response, shortage of technical personnel and expert engineers needed for the country to have an effective space programme. In 1981,SUPARCO reforms, re-organization and rebuild , particularly in rocketry programme which would later form the basis of missile programme.

The SUPARCO was built Badr-I,the country's first satellite and launched by the People's Republic of China in 1990. In 2011, SUPARCO launched country's first the Geo-stationary satellite to orbit on schedule from China. Over the years, SUPARCO expanded and its mainly focused and concentrated on better understanding of the Solar system, Space weather, astrophysics, astronomical observation, climatic studies, remote sensing and the Earth observation.

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