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

Economy of Belarus - - UNION STATE -

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.

Pri­or­i­ties

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

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