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BKA (BelKa 2)

BKA (BelKa 2) [NPO VNIIEM]

BKA (formerly known as BelKa 2) is a Belarusian remote sensing satellite that replaces the BelKa 1 satellite lost in an launch failure.

The BKA satellite is a virtal copy of the russian Kanopus-V 1. The resolution up to 2.1 m and four spectral channels of the target-oriented equipment allow for national economic tasks to the benefit of MINECONOMRESURS, Ministry of Natural Resources, Federal Geodesy and Cartography Service, EMERCOM, etc. In addition to key tasks the spacecraft will enable scientific and applied researches in the Earth and atmosphere remote sensing.

The satellite was built by NPO VNII Elektromekhaniki, who subcontracted the avionics suite to SSTL.

The tasks to be fulfilled by BKA are:

  • Mapping (topographic and geodesic applications, government geodesic supervision);
  • Cadastral account of estate property;
  • Development of large building projects including gas and oil pipelines, railways, hydropower stations;
  • Geological investigations and conservation of mineral resources;
  • Environment monitoring including monitoring of forest fires and man-made emissions, glaciers and agricultural sector objects, etc.;
  • Monitoring of forest condition;
  • Monitoring of water bodies.

Nation: Belarus
Type / Application: Earth Observation
Operator: National Academy of Sciences of Republic of Belarus
Contractors: NPP VNIIEM
Equipment:
Configuration: Kanopus bus
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 473 kg
Orbit: 510 km × 510 km, sun-synchronous
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BKA (ex BelKa 2) 2012-039B 22.07.2012 TB LC-31/6 Soyuz-FG Fregat with Kanopus-V 1, Zond-PP, exactView 1, TET 1

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Further BelKa missions: