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Belarus keen to set up constellation of RS satellites

Belarus: Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are considering developing and mutually using a virtual remote sensing satellite constellation, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) Anatoly Rusetsky said.
In his words, the use of a virtual remote sensing satellite constellation involves the use of their information resources. Belarus has signed an agreement with Ukraine. In addition, it plans to develop cooperation with Kazakhstan which is busy designing its own satellite system.
Speaking about the joint operation of the satellites, Anatoly Rusetsky emphasised that it would be done not only for information sharing but also for economic sense. “Any exchanges can be either free of charge or provided on a paid basis. But, basically, these are commercial projects that can make money,” he said.
Anatoly Rusetsky noted that today it is worth having an information field and having an opportunity to integrate into it. One satellite can deal with a relatively small amount of issues. That is why we need a satellite constellation. “I think in the future we will be able to use the whole cosmic information field of the countries participating in the project,” he stressed. Recently, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus organised a meeting of representatives of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on cooperation in space. The meeting discussed the use of remote sensing of the Earth in the interests of the CIS countries and the prospects for further cooperation of the CIS in space.
The meeting participants presented reports on the processing the data from remote sensing satellites for drawing and updating digital topographic maps, the experience in using the results of the cosmic activity for the benefit of the social and economic development of the regions, a possibility of using a virtual remote sensing satellite constellation of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. 
According to a report published in BelTA, Belarus pays great attention to the development of space vehicles and technologies. In accordance with Presidential Decree of 2007, Belarus has been working on creating the Belarusian space system of remote sensing. The country is preparing for the launch of a remote sensing satellite together with Russia. The National Program for the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space for the period 2008-2012 is currently underway. Belarus cooperates with Ukraine and Russia at the state level. On 12 June 2009 Belarus and Ukraine signed a framework intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in exploring and using outer space for peaceful purposes. The agreement involves the exploration and use of outer space, development and implementation of space technology, joint space programs and activities to develop and use advanced technologies. On 15 March 2011, Belarus and Russia signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in exploring and using outer space for peaceful purposes.
Source: BelTA