Belarus Plans to Launch Satellite in Late 2009

Text of report in English by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS

Minsk, 23 September: Belarus plans to launch its satellite in 2009, the Council of Ministers' presidium said at its meeting on Tuesday [23 September] that focused on the country's space programme for 2008-12.

"First of all I want to say a few words of the spacecraft that is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2009 all works proceed in compliance with the schedule," said Mikhail Myasnikovich, the chairman of the presidium of the National Academy of Sciences.

"We try not to copy what we had done earlier," he said meaning Belarus's first satellite BelKA that was lost on 26 July 2006, as a result of the unsuccessful launch of Russia's Dnepr booster.

"A new satellite will have much better characteristics, mainly as concerns its platform, manoeuvres and control," he said.

The satellite's construction is estimated at 38bn Belarusian roubles (around 18m US dollars).

Originally published by ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in English 1146 23 Sep 08.



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