Pakistan has decided to launch its first manned mission in 2022, the same year that India has planned to launch its own manned space mission.
Collaboration with China
For the mission, an agreement between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and a Chinese company has already been signed.
Space Race with India?
Pakistan's plan to send a human to space is aimed for the same year that India plans to launch its own manned human space mission.
The major difference between the two missions is that while ISRO's mission will be their own, Pakistan will do so with China's help.
India's ambitious space mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address this year. If successful, the mission would make India the fourth nation in the word to do so.
China had launched its first manned space mission in 2003, becoming the third country in the world to independently develop a manned spaceflight, after Russia and the United States.
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