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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday said Pakistan supported the peaceful use of space technology and called for the revision of global space laws in pursuit of activities for peaceful purposes.

“Achieving self-reliance in satellite navigation is significant for the country to match the pace of global scientific advancements. There is need a responsible approach by the States to discourage the proliferation of space debris in the Earth’s orbit,” the president Wednesday expressed these views while concluding ceremony of the International Conference on Space (ICS) 2022 on Role of space technology and applications in socio-economic development.

Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) organized the three-day event to bring together space sector scientists, academicians, and researchers to share views on areas of space science, technology, and applications.

The president emphasized that the world needed to understand that science without the approach of compassion and humanity was of little use for mankind. However, he pointed out that the countries with “an edge of power” were ignoring the principles of morality in view of their economic interests.

He also called upon the country’s space technology scientists to explore capabilities in satellite navigation and promote relevant applications in areas of socio-economic development.

He stressed achieving capabilities to process the high volume of satellite image data in areas particularly agriculture, river water telemetry, climate change and flood monitoring.

The President said India’s irresponsible attitude was a big threat to the region’s security, adding that the open sale of uranium in the country was a point of concern. He also termed as “highly irresponsible” the recent incident where India’s “unguided” missile was launched toward Pakistan’s airspace.

He said after Russia, Pakistan was the first country in Asia that sent a satellite to outer space and also achieved nuclear deterrence in short span of seven years after India conducted its “so-called peaceful” atomic explosion” in 1974.

President Alvi said the government was focusing on the making of indigenous satellites and added that huge responsibility lay on scientists to target their work and research in identifying future requirements related to satellite navigation in line with latest trends. He mentioned that Pakistan through its satellites was already carrying out studies on global warming to get a better understanding of the effects of trace gases on the depletion of the atmosphere’s Ozone layer.

The president said he had tasked SUPARCO to use artificial intelligence and Geographic Information System (GIS) for improved calibration of irrigation system in the country.

He said expanding the existing scope of remote sensing through geo-stationary satellites was important for the sustainable management of water resources.

He expressed confidence that the International Space Conference 2022 would provide budding scientists of Pakistan an opportunity to converge their energies on research and development in the field of space science, technology, and its applications. Chairman SUPARCO Amir Nadeem said the technical discussions of the conference focused on the management of remote data and GIS for better management of natural resources.

He said the platform provided an opportunity to those having an ambition in the space sector and exploring various dimensions of science.

Secretary-General Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization Yu Qi in her video message shown on the occasion said Pakistan as a founding member of APSCO always promoted regional cooperation for the promotion of space science. ICS Secretary Aftab Ahmed Khan highlighted the objective of enhancement of science applications and services for socio-economic development. Later, President Alvi visited the exhibition of stalls where he was briefed about Pakistan’s aerospace navigation systems and the robots designed to accommodate a variety of rugged terrain for tactical surveillance.

The national fleet of satellites including BADR-1, BADR-B, PakSat-1, PakSat-1R, PRSS-1 and PakTes-1A were also put on display.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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