MINSK, June 23. /TASS/. Belarus and Russia are considering the opportunities for wider cooperation in the space industry, the chief of Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, Igor Komarov, told the media. He has arrived in the Belarussian capital on a visit at the invitation of the National Academy of Sciences.
"The purpose of the visit is to expand cooperation with the Belarussian science academy and industrial enterprises," he said.
According to the Roscosmos chief, Belarus pays great attention to developing its space industry, in particular, such enterprises as Integral and Peleng and their competitiveness. "Cooperation with these enterprises is of interest to us. We see good prospects," Komarov said.
The visit’s agenda includes the development of clusters of satellites for the remote sensing of the Earth and collection of information from satellites.
The chairman of the Belarussian science academy’s presidium, Vladimir Gusakov, has said that work was well underway to create a new Belarussian satellite that would have extensive uses in the economy and yield major commercial effects.
"In a year or two the life cycle of the current Belarussian satellite will expire, so time is ripe to giving thought to having another one, more advanced and having a higher resolution (less than one meter)," Gusakov said.
"Today we will be considering the possibility of creating such a satellite. We will provide our opportunities, and Russia contribute its own potential and resources."
The talks will end with the signing of a joint protocol, Gusakov said.