ISLAMABAD (APP) - The first satellite of Pakistan will be launched in April 2011, member planning commission for science and technology Dr Samar Mobarakmend said Tuesday. Country has sufficient funds for atomic and space programmes, and Pakistans nuclear programme is not lesser than other atomic countries, he said as a chief guest in a 3-day international conference on Aerospace Science and Engineering ICASE-2009. He said nation should keep faith on atomic scientists and engineers. Pakistan has much potential and strong human resources, but the need of the hour is that we should use these resources by providing some proper direction to achieve the desired results, he added. The objective of the conference was to establish dialogues leading to long lasting, healthy technical cooperation amongst the aerospace, communication and materials scientists and engineers of the developing and developed countries. Other senior dignitaries, scientists and researchers from the academia and R&D were also present on the occasion. The secretary of the conference Dr AA Mazhar highlighted the agenda of the conference while Imran Rehman, the vice chancellor of IST outlined the scope of the conference. Researchers from USA, Italy, South Africa, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Bangladesh and Ukraine also attended the conference. There were fifteen Keynote lectures, 29 contributory talks and 48 posters in the conference. The conference had distinguished speakers from Academia, universities, Aerospace and Satellite Industry in national/international, R&D organizations. The major topics of the conference include Aerospace Propulsion, Aerodynamics, Structures and Control Systems, Space Communication, Telemetry, Tele-command and Monitoring Systems, Development and Production of Materials for Aerospace applications and Ancillary Space Technology topics including Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) etc. ICASE would have a remarkable effect on the progression of aerospace science and engineering in Pakistan Institute of Space Technology is the pioneer institute in providing education related with space Technology. This conference is proposed to be a biennial event to provide International fora at which scientists and engineers can remain current with recent developments in high performance aerospace materials, space communication techniques, design and construction of space systems/structures etc.