CNSA LAUNCHES SATELLITE DATA CENTRE TO ENHANCE INTERNATIONAL SPACE COOPERATION
PRESS RELEASE: The Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) has established a satellite data centre in Wenchang, in the country’s Hainan province, in order to improve international space collaboration. The satellite data centre, according to Sputnik News Agency, would act as “an significant hub for international interchange and collaboration in the domain of satellite data and its use,” according to Wenchang authorities.
Five BRICS countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, signed an agreement on cooperation in exchanging remote sensing satellite data on August 18, 2021.
As the Russian state space agency Roscosmos stressed earlier, this agreement would foster collaboration within BRICS in creating a virtual constellation of remote sensing satellites and data sharing, which would contribute to addressing climate change, ensuring environmental protection and dealing with the effects of natural and man-made disasters, the news agency reported. Meanwhile, China is set to build monitoring and defence systems.
Wu Yanhua, deputy director of the CNSA, told China’s CCTV News recently that “China will start to build an Earth-based and space-based NEA monitoring and warning system, in order to ensure the safe, stable and orderly operation of spacecraft, China will categorise the risks posed by NEAs and explore techniques to neutralise those risks.”
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