Space agencies of the BRICS countries signed a Protocol on cooperation

MOSCOW, 31 Dec — RIA Novosti. Representatives of space agencies of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) discussed the development of the document on data sharing the orbital groups of satellites of Earth remote sensing (ERS) and signed the Protocol on cooperation in the use and exploration of outer space for peaceful purposes at the meeting in Zhuhai (China), told reporters Monday in a press-service of Roscosmos.

“We design the document represents a mechanism that will facilitate cooperation in the above areas (peaceful exploration of outer space and joint use of the ERS system) and I hope that we will be able to finalize it in the near time,” the report cited the Director General of Roscosmos Igor Komarov.

The meeting was attended by the General Director of Roscosmos Igor Komarov, the President of the Brazilian space Agency, Jose Raimundo Coelho, Vice-Chairman of the China national space administration, Angwa and acting Executive Director of the South African National space Agency Dr Pulaki Maine.

The Russian space Agency has supported the initiative of the Chinese partners for joint use in interests of BRICS system of remote sensing satellites and corresponding ground infrastructure.

“Russia cooperates closely with Brazil, India, China and South Africa in the field of space exploration. However, today we step into the future. I am convinced that joint efforts on the use of the orbital groups of spacecraft remote sensing of the BRICS countries will serve for elimination of consequences of natural disasters, environmental protection and sustainable socio-economic development of our countries”, — said Komarov.

Unified geographically-distributed information system (ECRIS) remote sensing consists of 13 major centers, which are located throughout Russia — from Kaliningrad to Khabarovsk, including the Arctic region (Murmansk, and in the future — and Dudinka, Anadyr). The new system coordinates their work with domestic spacecraft remote sensing. It will allow you to plan the shoot, to receive and process information from satellites comprehensively and without additional resources.

The Russian orbital constellation of remote sensing has seven space vehicles in operation and providing all types and modes of imagery, including hyperspectral. Another device is at the stage of flight tests, and operates in a test mode.