Belarus, Roscosmos Plan to Expand Orbital Satellite Group
The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and Russia’s Roscosmos State Corporation have agreed to expand the joint orbital group of satellites involved in remote sensing of Earth, according to the Belarusian Telegraph Agency. The two entities will add two Russian satellites Canopus-B and Canopus-B-IK to bring the orbital group to seven satellites. Also, the countries will exchange information obtained by the satellites with each other free of charge.
“By putting together these satellites, we will be able to get information not once in 16-17 days, but virtually in the real-time mode,” said Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov.
Separately, the two countries are working on a joint super-high resolution satellite for remote sensing. The existing Belarusian satellite has a resolution of 2 meters, and they aim for the new satellite to have a resolution of 35 centimeters. The satellite is in sketch outline phase.