Pakistan Regional Support Office

Participants of the 5th UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices meeting, 13 February

UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices: Fifth annual meeting in Vienna

UN-SPIDER successfully concluded the fifth annual meeting of its Regional Support Offices in the premises of the United Nations Office at Vienna. The meeting took place on 13 and 14...
4th Meeting of the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices on 11 February 2013

Recommended Practices: Using Space Technologies for Disaster and Risk Management

UN-SPIDER's network of Regional Support Offices is currently developing Recommended Practices on the use of Space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response. The...
Islamabad, Pakistan seen from Space in 2003

Pakistan: SUPARCO supports city planning using satellites

The Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), which hosts one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices, will support the Pakistani Capital Development Authority (CDA) in...

The Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) of Pakistan and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed the cooperation agreement on the establishment of a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO) on the occasion of the 47th Scientific and Technical Subcommittee session on 12 February 2010.

  • More than 100 engineers and scientists
  • More than 150 support staff

Latest state of the art hardware & software available with high speed internet connectivity on 24/7 hours basis.


  • National Centre for Remote Sensing & Geo-Informatics
  • Atmospheric Data Receiving and Processing Centre
  • COSPAS-SARSAT (Ground segment)
  • Training/courses Offered
  • MS Program in Remote Sensing (RS) and GIS.
  • Advance course in RS and GIS application
  • Hands-on training on the Integrated Search and Rescue software of COSPAS-SARSAT system
  • RS & GIS application in natural resource management
  • RS application and digital image processing
  • Programming for Web GIS
  • Training course on Geological Application on Remote Sensing
  • Hands-on training course on ArcGIS Software.
  • Training course on image processing using ERDAS Imagine Software


  • Satellite Ground Station for receiving data from LEO satellite with resolutions from 2.5 to 20 meters
  • Satellite Ground Station for receiving data from medium resolution such as MODIS instrument onboard Aqua/Terra satellites, AVHRR AMBUS, HIRS onboard NOAA series and FY2E, MTSAT from Geostationary satellite
  • Operation satellite based COSPAS- SARSAT ground segment with visibility area 2500 km around Karachi, Pakistan

SUPARCO, the Pakistan National Space Agency, was established in 1961 as a Committee and was granted the status of a Commission in 1981. SUPARCO is mandated to conduct research and development in space science, space technology, and their peaceful applications in the country. It works towards developing indigenous capabilities in space technology and promoting space applications for socio-economic uplift of the country.


Get in touch

Head of Institute
Mr. Ahmed Bilal
Ph: 92-021 34644932
Fax:92 021 34694941

Primary Contact:
Imran Iqbal
Space Applications & Research
Ph: 92-021 34690674
Fax:92 021 34690783

Secondary Contact:
Ms Rizla Zareen
General Manager
Disaster Management
Ph: 92 021 34690840
Fax: 92 021 34690795/97

Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO)
Off University Road Gulzar-e-Hijri,
Scheme-33 Karaci-75270 Pakistan

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