15 Nov 2022 19:31

Belarus establishes Belkosmos corporation

MINSK. Nov 15 (Interfax) - The Belkosmos Scientific and Production Corporation cluster has been established at the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences, the BelTA state-run news agency said on Tuesday.

"The Belkosmos Corporation was founded to implement and develop the promising (cluster) projects of its participants in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes. Chairman of the Presidium of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences Vladimir Gusakov acts as the head of the cluster," the statement said.

The cluster involves the organizations of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences (the United Institute of Informatics Problems, which is the head organization, the Unitary Enterprise "Geoinformation Systems" and the Scientific and Production Center of Multipurpose Unmanned Vehicle Systems) and the organizations with which the National Academy of Sciences cooperates: joint Chinese-Belarusian closed joint stock company "Aviation Technologies and Complexes" and Unmanned Helicopters Design Bureau LLC.

"Among the tasks of the corporation are to elaborate a policy and strategy for the development of Belarus in the space industry, formulate proposals for developing the programs of the Union State, CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] and the EAEC [Eurasian Economic Union], state programs and projects, as well as a set of measures for their implementation. There are plans to conduct fundamental research in the space industry and to develop new competitive aerospace equipment," it said.

As reported, the Belkosmos Corporation "will provide methodological, information and advisory, scientific and educational support, contribute to the implementation of developments, including advanced manufacturing, engineering and management technologies, as well as cutting-edge equipment. The plans also include the development of mechanisms for the commercialization of the outcome of scientific and technological activity and international scientific and technological cooperation."