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Pakistan’s first moon satellite enters its orbit -ICUBE-Q

Pakistan’s inaugural lunar satellite, ICUBE-Q, has achieved a momentous feat by successfully entering the moon’s orbit on Wednesday afternoon, as validated by the Institute of Space Technology.

ICUBE-Qamar was effectively deployed in lunar orbit on May 8, at 1:14 pm.

The noteworthy event underscores its significance in potentially paving the way for larger-scale space endeavors for Pakistan in the future, as stated by the Institute of Space Technology.

“After deployment, the satellite is operating in accordance with the predetermined specifications. The health data of all sub-systems is exemplary. The imaging payload is fully operational,” IST affirmed, further stating, “The ensuing two days will be dedicated to conducting comprehensive in-orbit assessments. Subsequently, images will be disseminated post in-orbit evaluations.”

Pakistan recently became the sixth nation to initiate its maiden lunar satellite.

Harnessing the Chinese rocket Chang’e 6 lunar probe, the ICUBE-Q satellite forged a historic partnership between Pakistan and China in lunar exploration. The Chinese mission aimed to land on the moon’s far side, eternally concealed from Earth, and subsequently procure and transport samples.

The Chinese embassy expressed fervent enthusiasm for this milestone, accentuating that it signifies the inaugural China-Pakistan collaboration in lunar exploration.

According to Dr. Khurram Khursheed, head of the electrical and computer science department at the institute, the satellite is poised to play a pivotal role in deep space endeavors.

Operating within the challenging parameters of extreme temperatures plummeting to minus 100 degrees Celsius, the satellite features a 7kg one-megapixel camera tailored for missions with power constraints. “Its surface-level analysis capabilities, transmitting images at a modest 1-kbps rate, will furnish vital data regarding crater locations, water, and traces of ice on the moon’s surface. These insights, gleaned through diverse methodologies, hold promise for global utilization,” he elucidated.

While the Chinese lander collects rock and soil specimens, ICUBE-Q will spend three to six months orbiting the moon, capturing and relaying images of the lunar terrain back to Earth. By May 15, Pakistan anticipates disseminating images captured by the satellite, as per the institute’s projections.

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