Belarusian scientists have begun to draft a national space program for 2013-2017. This was stated by director of the Joint Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Alexander Tuzikov on April 11.
Meanwhile, a source in the Belarusian government reported on the launch of the Belarusian space satellite scheduled for June 7, BelaPAN.
As Telegraf previously reported, the launch of BelKA has been repeatedly delayed for different reasons. The inspection of unit's systems is currently underway. The unit itself has been fully assembled. The first launch of the Belarusian spacecraft has failed - the satellite has failed even to reach the orbit.
December 16, 2011, during the seminar of government officials, President Alexander Lukashenko instructed the Belarusian scientists to construct the world's best spacecraft. He also supported the decision of the Belarusian scientists to resume participation in space programs.
At present the Belarusian scientific institutions have been carrying out not only the national projects in space sphere, but also participating in many international tenders, cooperating with Russia, Venezuela and the Arab world.