JOHANNESBURG, South Africa has joined a space programme of the BRICS group of leading emerging nations, the first substantive project in the field of space co-operation among the five member countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
A statement from the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) said Tuesday that the country had joined the the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the State Space Corporation Roscosmos (ROSCOSMOS) of Russia, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) to create the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation.
Sansa added that a joint committee meeting was held in Haikou, China, on Monday, to review and deliberate on the progress of the 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.
Sansa spokesperson Vaneshree Maharaj said: The BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Virtual Constellation is a practical step towards high-tech cooperation between these countries that will assist in attaining the sustainable development goals and challenges pertaining to our respective economies and societies.
There are two phases proposed for the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation, phase one comprising of a virtual constellation of existing satellites, and phase two compromises of a new satellite constellation.”
Sansa said phase two of the project would also provide the BRICS partners the opportunity to develop space solutions which can meet the challenges faced by humanity, such as global climate change, major natural and technological disasters and environmental protection.
Sansa chief executive officer Dr Valanathan Munsami, said: We remain 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.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK