25-07-2012 10:24 Belarus
Rusetsky: Satellite project will pay off
The launch of the Belarusian space vehicle (BKA) is a project that will pay off, Anatoly Rusetsky, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), told media on 24 July, BelTA learnt.
“This project will pay off and will for sure return a great profit,” Anatoly Rusetsky said.
Belarus became a space power after the launch of the satellite. This is only the first step but it gives Belarus opportunity to move further in construction of new space vehicles, Anatoly Rusetsky underlined.
The BKA project gave a start to a new space industry in Belarus. Although, in fact, the R&D development of Belarusian scientists and industrialists suggest that this industry was here and now gets the opportunity for further development, Anatoly Rusetsky noted. The Peleng company has been recently engaged in the development of the Belarusian Space System of Earth Remote Sensing. Other companies have been developing telemetry equipment and space-based assets detectors. “But today we have gained experience, reestablished contacts, and moving forward,” Anatoly Rusetsky said.
The Chairman of the Presidium of the NASB spoke of the factors that point to the fact that the BKA project will pay off. To date the Peleng company has received lots of orders; the revenue will easily cover the expenses. Anatoly Rusetsky underscored that interaction with the Russian counterparts helps increase the intake of orders and intensify this work in Belarus. However, the official did not specify the cost of the commercial orders.
A new concept for Monitoring-SG, the program of the Union State regarding construction of new space vehicles, was adopted at a session of the Council of Ministers in Minsk last week. The ordering parties for this program are the NASB (Belarus) and Roscosmos (Russia). The program stipulates the creation of new equipment for Earth remote sensing.
“This is a new area for us and I expect good results,” Anatoly Rusetsky noted. He also said that the NASB and the Belarusian State University have long been engaged in the construction of equipment that will help study the Earth, the atmosphere and the space. There are agreements to continue such work and install this equipment not only on Belarusian space vehicles but also on the Russian ones.