22 June 2022
On the occassion of the 14th BRICS Summit, CNSA reiterated that BRICS cooperation for joint observation and data sharing with a network of remote sensing satellites is about to start. This year, the 1st meeting of the Joint Commission on Space Cooperation of the BRICS countries took place. It was hosted by CNSA, as China is the 2022 BRICSĀ chair. The intention is to start the BRICS satellite constellation still this year. According to CNSA, China envisions a 2-stage development plan for the BRICS remote sensing satellite cooperation. The primary stage is a virtual constellation of 5 satellites - one from each member countries. The 2nd stage will see a more coordinated cooperation in accordance with space development plans of each member countries. The countries will jointly formulate satellite constellation standards and coordinate satellite condition and data transmission ports to achieve a more unified data product and services - which would mark the construction stage of a real constellation.
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