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Belarusian Geoinformation Systems now part of PanGeo Alliance

Society 15.09.2017 | 19:01

MINSK, 15 September (BelTA) – The enterprise Geoinformation Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) is now part of the international alliance of Earth observation satellite operators PanGeo, the NASB press service told BelTA.

The decision was made during the summit of the PanGeo Alliance in Paris on 13 September. Speaking about how important the step is for the Belarusian side, Sergei Zolotoi, Geoinformation Systems Director and Chief Designer of the Belarusian space system for the remote sensing of Earth, noted: “We are happy to join PanGeo Alliance. Cooperation with the alliance can greatly expedite decision making in various fields and will benefit users thanks promptly shared space data. Thanks to mutual access to the archived images sent by the Belarusian satellite BKA and PanGeo Alliance archives we hope to expand our presence on the market of Earth observation data and provide new capabilities to existing users and potential ones.”

The enterprise Geoinformation Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) is one of the main developers of the Belarusian space system for the remote sensing of Earth. The enterprise has been operating the system since 2004. Apart from that, since 2012 the enterprise has been taking care of the uninterrupted operation of the Belarusian satellite BKA on behalf of over 20 Belarusian organizations. The company's core competences include the operation of the Belarusian space system for the remote sensing of Earth, scientific research, development and engineering of geoinformation systems.

PanGeo Alliance is the first global consortium of Earth observation satellite operators. It was established in September 2014. It has implemented several projects since then, including making maps of territories of various countries. At present the alliance comprises 13 operators of space systems for the remote sensing of Earth in Europe, Asia, and America. The operators offer multiple-spectrum images in a broad spatial resolution spectrum. With seven satellites with an extremely high resolution in orbit, PanGeo Alliance operates the world's largest constellation of Earth remote sensing satellites with resolutions under one meter. This unique fleet assures a daily global imaging capability, with multiple revisits of any target per day. Images sent by different satellites are totally compatible, allowing users to use the PanGeo Alliance data without hindrances.

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