Sergei Zolotoi, director of the Geoinformation Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), has confirmed that the Belarusian State University (BSU) plans to launch a nanosatellite in 2017.
Zolotoi said: “The BSU has created a university satellite and plans to launch it in 2017.”
The nanosatellite made by the BSU weighs some 2kg and has compact dimensions. The BSU has established a satellite control as well as a data reception station, which will use amateur radio frequencies.
Miniaturised satellites have become increasingly common in recent years although nanosatellites are not intended for a long-term service.
Zolotoi added: “We would like it to work for more than three months. This is why we plan to launch it into a higher orbit.”
Head of the NASB Office Piotr Vityaz pointed out that the NASB, together with the education ministry, was expanding a training programme in space technology and a programme to create university nanosatellites.
Zolotoi concluded: “Belarus participates in an international project related to the Horizon 2020 and Erasmus programmes. From now on it will also engage such Belarusian universities as the BSU, the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR), and the Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU). These universities will set up joint nanosatellite design courses. The NASB will help conduct testing for students of these courses. This project is designed to run till 2020.”