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28 August 2018, 12:58

Belarus, China in negotiations on joint satellite project

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MINSK, 28 August (BelTA) – Belarus and China are negotiating jointly creating a space satellite, BelTA learned from Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Sergei Kilin on 28 August.

The official said: “We regularly discuss possible joint projects of interest to both countries with the Chinese side. The matter is closely monitored by the two sides. Negotiations are underway, including on the joint creation of a space satellite. We cannot disclose the content of the talks for now.”

Earlier BelTA quoted Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov as saying that Belarus invited China to create a space satellite together. The official said: “China has a vast space exploration program. The country has more than one satellite for the remote sensing of Earth and for communication. This is why I have a concrete proposal regarding participation in the construction of our satellite and the fulfillment of research projects once the satellite is operational. A Belarusian-Chinese satellite is possible in the future. We are now designing a new satellite together with Russian scientists. But the satellite after this one or maybe simultaneously with this one may be designed in association with Chinese scientists. It is a broad field for work.”

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