May 08, 2016

Belarus to add BKA-2 remote sensing satellite in 2019

Belarus: Belarus will add its second remote sensing satellite, BKA-2 in the Earth orbit in 2019, said Sergei Zolotoi, Chief Designer of the Belarusian space system for the remote sensing of the Earth, Director of the enterprise Geoinformation Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Sergei Zolotoi told this to a website in an interview. And this sounds convincing as it takes 3-4 years to create a satellite.

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Moreover, Zolotoi says “The practical work on the satellite has begun. Technical parameters are being agreed now. Plans have been made to launch the satellite by 2019. The plans are synchronized with the Russian space agency Roscosmos. This is why we plan to finish working on launching BKA-2 in 2019.” Earlier the website had reported that during the international aviation and space salon MAKS 2015 in late August 2015 the Russian corporation VNIIEM and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus signed an agreement on the development and consequent operation of BKA-2, a satellite for the high-resolution remote sensing of the Earth. Prior to that Russia and Belarus had created joint ground-based infrastructure to control the Belarusian satellite (BKA) and the Russian one (Canopus B) as well as the system to receive and process the data the satellites send.

Source: Belta