SA space agency joins BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation

July 6th, 2017, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT

 

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA), the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the State Space Corporation “Roscosmos” (ROSCOSMOS), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) have formally joined forces to create the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation.

A joint committee meeting was held in Haikou, China, on 3 July 2017 to review and deliberate on the progress of the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation and to discuss a draft agreement to be signed later this year. It was stressed that the BRICS Satellite Constellation is the first substantive project in the field of space co-operation.

There are two phases proposed for the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation, namely, phase 1 comprising a virtual constellation of existing satellites, and phase 2 comprising a new satellite constellation to be discussed and defined in the near future.

The intention of the virtual constellation is to establish the remote sensing data sharing mechanism and avail to the partners, space solutions that meet the challenges faced by humanity, such as global climate change, major natural and technological disasters and environmental protection.

Speaking at the meeting, SANSA CEO Dr. Valanathan Munsami stated that agency remains committed to ensuring the integration of African space-based knowledge and technology in improving the lives of fellow Africans and welcome such esteemed partners in achieving this important objective.

The BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Virtual Constellation is seen as a practical step towards high-tech cooperation between BRICS countries and will assist in attaining the sustainable development goals and challenges pertaining to countries’ respective economies and societies. It is also expected to inject new vitality into the strategic partnership between BRICS States.

Contact Vaneshree Maharaj, SANSA, Tel 012 844-0399, vmaharaj@sansa.org.za

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