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The BRICS states, which consist of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, agreed to create a joint satellite constellation for Earth remote sensing, according to Igor Komarov, director general of Roscosmos, the Russian State Space Corporation.

“We held the first meeting between space agencies of BRICS countries,” notes Komarov. “We agreed to create a joint satellite remote-sensing system.”

According to Roscosmos, representatives of the BRICS space agencies discussed how to share data obtained by the satellites and signed a memorandum on cooperation in space exploration for peaceful purposes at a meeting in the Chinese city of Zhuhai.

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BRICS states agreed to jointly create a group of remote-sensing satellites and are currently finalizing legal aspects on the exchange of such data. (Credit: Xinhua)

BRICS states agreed to jointly create a group of remote-sensing satellites and are currently finalizing legal aspects on the exchange of such data. (Credit: Xinhua)