On October 15, 2008, the Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) signed a contract for the PakSat-1R satellite in beijing.
The PakSat-1R contract is the third communications satellite contract signed by China's space industry with international customers. It is also China's first satellite in-orbit delivery contract signed with an Asian customer.
The PakSat-1R satellite will be positioned at 38 degrees east longitude, and will provide telecommunications and broadcast services to Pakistan. The satellite is based on the three-axis-stabilised DFH-4 satellite platform developed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), and is fitted with 12 active C-band and 18 active Ku-band transponders. The service life span of the satellite will be 15 years. PakSat-1R satellite was successfully launched on board the LM-3B launch vehicle developed by CALT from XSLC on Aug.12, 2011; and was delivered in orbit to SUPARCO on Nov.1. On Nov.30,Lahore and Karachi ground stations were also successfully delivered.