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Belarus expects high demand for its space industry equipment

MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) - Belarus expects a strong increase in the order intake for products of its space industry equipment following the launch of the Belarusian satellite (BKA), Sergei Zolotoy, the chief designer of the Belarusian space vehicle told the Belarus-1 TV channel, BelTA has learnt.

According to Sergei Zolotoy, the space vehicle launched on 22 July is operating smooth. The satellite oriented itself towards the sun, opened up the batteries and contacted the command and tracking station. “All these operations were completed successfully,” the chief designer said.

The satellite is tracked by the ground control facilities that receive and process information.

Sergei Zolotoy noted that Belarus played an important role in the space industry in the Soviet Union. The country produced equipment for the space industry, and the Belarusians participated in space programs. After Belarus launched its own satellite, the space industry will gain a new impetus for further development.

The Peleng company played a key role in the BKA construction. “We were looking forward to the launch with excitement because it was the first test for our equipment in the space. After such a successful space launch we are expecting a strong increase in the order intake,” Sergei Zolotoy noted.

The Belarusian satellite designed for earth remote sensing was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on 22 July 2012. It will provide the satellite observation of the whole territory of Belarus. With the help of the satellite Belarus will not only satisfy its own demand for satellite images but will also sell them to other countries. Azerbaijan, Venezuela and a number of other countries have already expressed their interest in the project. The guaranteed operational life of the satellite is five years.