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07 April 2016, 12:19

Second Belarusian remote sensing satellite in orbit in 2019

MINSK, 7 April (BelTA) – The Belarusian satellite BKA-2 is supposed to be inserted into an orbit around the Earth in 2019, BelTA learned from 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.

According to the source, it takes 3-4 years to create a satellite. “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,” said the Geoinformation Systems Director.

BelTA reported earlier 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.

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