Report of Chairman of State Defense Industries Committee Sergei Gurulev

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On 15 February Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko heard out a report from Chairman of the State Defense Industries Committee Sergei Gurulev.

The head of state was informed about the fulfillment of his instructions. The ground control station is located in Dzerzhinsk District, Minsk Oblast. The personnel have been trained and are ready. The facility will be officially opened on 12 April after the satellite has gone through planned orbital tests.

Tuning and adjustment work is now in progress as part of the Belintersat 1 satellite project. All the systems are in good order. The Belarusian side will take over control over the satellite on 1 April.

The communication services that the national satellite communication and broadcasting system will provide will be in demand in Belarus and abroad. According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, China has already signed a contract with the Belarusian side on using 15-20% of the satellite’s capacity. “We plan to get good profits from our satellite several years down the road,” said the head of state.

Aleksandr Lukashenko reminded that Belarus earned the right to call itself a space power a long time ago. A satellite for the remote sensing of the Earth was launched in the past. The space imagery it provides is an article of Belarusian export.