23 Jan 2024 13:58

India, China willing to join Russia's Milky Way space monitoring project - Roscosmos chief

MOSCOW. Jan 23 (Interfax) - India and China are willing to join Russia's Milky Way space monitoring project, Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos CEO Yury Borisov said.

"We're working actively with BRICS countries and reaching understanding with our Chinese and Indian partners. They are interested in both the building of remote sensing constellations and related matters," Borisov said at a plenary session of the 48th Sergei Korolyov Academic Space Conference on Tuesday.

These countries are also showing an interest in space traffic management and space debris monitoring projects, he said.

"We have the Milky Way program, which they are ready to take active part in," Borisov said.

Borisov said on October 2, 2023 that the Milky Way system would be capable of performing up to 15 million measurements on low-earth orbits a day in search of space debris.

Borisov also said on October 27, 2023 that the BRICS countries were interested in Russia's Sphera satellite constellation project.

Speaking on July 27, 2023, Borisov said the BRICS countries had agreed to expand the sharing of remote sensing data. According to Roscosmos, the heads of space agencies from the BRICS countries signed an agreement on August 18, 2023 on cooperation in sharing remote sensing satellite data.