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Sonmiani (space facility)

Sonmiani
Flight Test Range
Agency overview
Formed November 21, 1961 (1961-11-21)
Jurisdiction Pakistan federal government
Headquarters Sonmiani Beach, in Lasbela District Balochistan, Pakistan.
Employees Unknown (2008)
Annual budget See the budget of SUPARCO
Parent agency SUPARCO
Website SUPARCO home page

Sonmiani Spaceport is located at Sonmiani, Balochistan province in Pakistan, approximately 145 kilometres northwest of Karachi. Sonmiani is noted for its space research and development. The space facility is operated by Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) of Pakistan.

History

Sonmiani Termial Launch is a launch site (spaceport) approximately 145 kilometres northwest of Karachi, Pakistan. The facility became operational in late 1962. Sonmiani Satellite Launch Center was planned and constructed by U.S.'s space agency, NASA in the early 1962s when a team of NASA's engineers visited Pakistan.

Sonmiani Satellite Launch Center was extensively used by NASA to conduct research in Space and rocket technology. Sonmiani Satellite Launch Center was Pakistan's first space research center and launch facility.

The area hosts a 2 square kilometre flight test range and that has been operated since 1962 by the high-tech computer and modernized

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