Wake up India!
From nuclear to space.
Here comes the news that China will launch a Pakistani communication satellite designated as Paksat-IR soon.
According to media reports today--August 11 2011--the satellite will also have a strategic role. In plain terms it means that it will have military applications too.
China has always backed Pakistan's nuclear and space programmes. But, the planned launch of Paksat-IR is significant and marks a giant leap in Sino-Pak space ties. The colloboration is perhaps aimed at challenging India's space programme, and more importantly as a growing global space power.
Do not be surprised if the next step is China helping Pakistan to reach the moon mainly to compete with India. For the next Indian moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, tentatively slated for launch in 2013, India is teaming up with Russia. Both Pakistan and China are aware of this. Therefore, keeping this in view where is the guarantee that one of the future journeys to the moon could perhaps see China and Pakistan joining hands? The race to the moon is now focussed on Asia.
Media reports indicate that China will soon launch the first part of its space station, Tiangong-1 which is expected to carry three Taikonauts. Do not be surprised that in future one of them is a Pakistani scientist or pilot.
And here in India we are waiting for the government to give the okay for the human space flight programme.
Wake up India!