On November 6, 2008, CGWIC met with Huawei to exchange ideas, discuss issues, and sign a strategic cooperative partnership.
According to the contract, CGWIC will be primary contractor for the program, and will provide in-orbit delivery of the satellite and its attendant ground-based control facilities to Pakistan's SUPARCO.
The satellite is based on the three-axis-stabilized DFH-4 satellite bus developed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), and will be fitted with 12 active C-Band and 18 active Ku-Band transponders onboard. The satellite will have a life span of 15 years, and will be positioned at a longitude of 38°E.
The satellite is expected to be launched in mid-2011 on board a Long March-3B launch vehicle developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.