Belarus and Russia will approve a new space program

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MINSK, Sept. 28 (BelTA) — Belarus and Russia are close to approving the new Complex-SG space program, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov told the forum. of experts and media “Cooperation between Belarus and Russia in industry, science and technology. Science. Cosmos. Education, “BelTA learned.

“Russian and Belarusian government agencies have completed approval procedures for the new Union State Space Program “Development of basic elements of orbital and ground facilities to create a multi-satellite system of small spacecraft for observation of the Earth’s surface and near-Earth space” named Complex-SG. The Government of Belarus has already approved this program, the relevant documents have been sent to the Standing Committee of the State of Union for consideration and approval by the Union State Council of Ministers, ”said Vladimir Gusakov.

In addition to this, the State of the Union Science and Technology Program Integration-SG is currently running. It involves the creation of uniform standards, software, hardware and methodological support to improve the system to deliver highly demanded remote sensing data and its processing products to Belarusian and Russian consumers. “It is planned to create a total of 60 internationally harmonized standards that will standardize the requirements for remote sensing data and the way it is provided to consumers in Belarus and Russia, of which Russia will develop 39 standards and Belarus 21” , said the President of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences informed.

In total, since 1999, seven space programs of the States of the Union have been successfully implemented. They were designed to expand the common scientific, technological and information space of the two countries, integrate intellectual and production resources, including ground and orbital space facilities.

The first Union State science and technology program, Cosmos-BR, was developed and implemented in 1999-2002. It made it possible to renew contacts and rebuild cooperation between Russian and Belarusian companies, universities and organizations working in the space sector. The Cosmos-SG program that ran from 2004 to 2007 helped lay the foundations of the Belarusian space system for remote sensing of the Earth. In 2008-2011, the third space program of the Union States Cosmos-NT was implemented. It made it possible to create hardware and software complexes for thematic processing of space data and to improve the Belarusian center for receiving space information. “The implementation of the Cosmos-NT program ensured the successful completion of the first stage of the creation of Belarus’ own national space system for remote sensing of the Earth, as a result of which our country was recognized as a space power” , Vladimir Gusakov stressed.

Other Union State programs that were implemented included Nanotechnologies-SG (nanotechnologies to develop space equipment materials, devices and systems), Standardization-SG (68 national standards for space activities), Monitoring-SG (technologies for using remote sensing data, small sized airborne special and scientific equipment, materials and elements with improved specifications, new means and technologies for processing space data), Technology-SG (technologies for using new solutions to produce nanomaterials, nanocoatings and nanoelectronics in the rocket and space industry).

Ryan H. Bowman