From October 4 to October 10, Belarus celebrates World Space Week. The foundation for future space developments and scientific and technological progress in space exploration was laid more than 70 years ago. On October 4, 1957, the first artificial Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched into space. From that moment on, the world opened the way to space exploration. On October 10, 1967, the Treaty on Principles for the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, came into force.
Today, space initiatives are under the close attention of world powers. The implementation of space programs has become an incentive for the development of many industries. The depth and effectiveness of interaction between science and production in the field of space determines the pace and prospects for economic growth of spacefaring nations. In this direction, years of fruitful cooperation between Belarus and Russia and China have strengthened the research and technological potential of our country.
The launch of the Belintersat-1 satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on January 15, 2016 was not just an important event and the result of many years of cooperation between the two countries, but also helped our country gain the status of a space power.
Belarus also has seven allied (joint with Russia) space research programs. Currently, the scientific and technical program of the Union State “Integration-SG” is being implemented. It involves the creation of unified scientifically based standards, software and hardware and methodological support in the interests of improving the system of bringing highly demanded Earth remote sensing (ERS) space information and its processing products to Belarusian and Russian consumers.
The task of our country is to be able to productively use the unique opportunities that space exploration and cooperation with other countries in the field of space opens up for us.