Belarus: Belarus has submitted offers to Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan to use images made by the Belarusian satellite. The information was released by Viktor Zaznov, Academic Secretary of the research enterprise Geoinformation Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.
No answer has been received yet. Such decisions are usually made after the flight tests are over and the Belarusian satellite is in the first phase of the flight tests. There are plans to finish the flight tests approximately in November 2012.
There were no plans to make the satellite imagery available to the general public until the flight tests were complete, Zaznov added. This is why the Belarusian satellite images were not available at the International Astronautical Congress that took place in Naples on 1-5 October 2012.
The Belarusian satellite designed to enable remote sensing of the earth was launched into outer space from the Baikonur space launch site in Kazakhstan on July 22, 2012. It will be able to provide satellite images of entire Belarus. With the satellite of its own, Belarus plans to satisfy the domestic demand for satellite images and sell them to other countries. Several countries have already expressed an interest, including Azerbaijan and Venezuela. The guaranteed operational life of the satellite is five years.