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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Russian Satellite ‘Canopus’ to be Part of Joint BRICS Group

The Russian satellite ‘Canopus’(manufactured by VNIIEM) will be part of the BRICS countries joint grouping of remote sensing (RS) constellation of satellites, said Michael Khailov, deputy director general of the state corporation Roscosmos, to journalists.

Earlier, Igor Komarov, CEO of the state corporation Roscosmos, said that BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) had agreed to establish a joint satellite constellation for remote sensing.

"At a meeting of the BRICS space agencies, which was held in China last week, we moved from declarations to concrete appearance of remote sensing systems. It is now clear which devices will be part of the joint group. On our part it is the ‘Canopus’ spacecraft. We are preparing appropriate documents, including those at the intergovernmental level. The next meeting of the BRICS space agencies will be held in Russia next year," said Khailov.

The official said Russia, China and India will present their spacecraft in the grouping "with a resolution of one to three metres."

"South Africa, as it does not have its own spacecraft, will provide the terrestrial infrastructure. Brazil has a joint unit with China, which also makes its critical contribution. We are interested not only in providing data from the satellite (Canopus), but also in receiving data, including from South Africa and Brazil", said the deputy head of Roscosmos.

Source: TASS