Partnership in the Near-earth Orbit
Cooperation of Belarusian and Russian scientists within the framework of the Union State space programs will enable the two countries to make world-class products
Space research has enormous prospects for humankind. Belarus and Russia started their way into the far reaches of space from exploring the low earth orbit: one and the same carrier rocket inserted into orbit the Russian satellite Canopus-b and the Belarusian satellite BKA in 2012. That event marked the birth of the unified orbital group of satellites and made Belarus a space power. Today our countries are in talks over a new satellite – BKA-2. Simultaneously, they are working on the Union State program Monitoring SG that will complete in 2017. This ambitious program will involve about 2,000 scientists and specialists. The program envisages the development of new solutions and program complexes, on-board research devices, materials and hardware components with improved technical specifications. The information obtained from space will be extremely accurate and reliable, as it will be specified and reconfirmed by drones. These data will be highly useful in mineral exploration, emergency prevention and farmland monitoring.
Over the past 17 years Belarusian researchers have been involved in the implementation of the Union State programs to develop and utilize promising space instruments and technologies. This gave a tremendous boost to the Belarusian space science and contributed to the economic and technical development of Belarus and Russia. Among the priority programs today is the program on the development of space and ground-based facilities for Earth remote sensing (Monitoring-sg) in 2013-2017.
“Scientists and specialists from Belarus and Russia are conducting integrated research. They are developing hardware and software complexes that can be applied in a number of areas. These complexes will allow designing hardware components of space systems, obtaining and processing space data in the interests of various economic sectors. Another important area of work is the development of new coatings and manufacturing technologies that will enable Belarusian and Russian scientists to produce materials that will enhance the quality and reliability of space systems,” said Sergei Korenyako, head of the department for joint programs in space and information technologies of the United Institute of Informatics Problems of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences (UIIP). There are plans to continue space research and develop new promising Earth remote sensing devices. These devices will have better functional capacity compared to the systems used by the Belarusian satellite now. This will allow obtaining optical, hyperspectral and infrared information from the spacecraft all at once. The work on these devices has been undertaken by OAO Peleng. The company has already developed the necessary testing facilities.
According to Sergei Korenyako, the UIIP has teamed up with a number of research centers and enterprises to upgrade and further develop the Belarusian Space System for Earth Remote Sensing. Among the UIIP’S partners is Geoinformation Systems that acts as the national operator of the Belarusian Space System for Earth Remote Sensing (BSSERS). They are developing an automated system of managing a hybrid