Remote Sensing Satellite Data Sharing: According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), on August 18, 2021, signed an agreement for cooperation in remote sensing satellite data sharing.
- The BRICS agreement was signed under India’s Chairmanship of the bloc.
- Secretary (Consular, Passport, Visa & Overseas Indian Affairs) & India’s BRICS Sherpa, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Sanjay Bhattacharyya, were present on the occasion.
- The Director-General of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, signed the agreement along with ISRO Chairman and Secretary in Department of Space, K Sivan, CNSA Administrator Zhang Kejian, CEO of South African National Space Agency, Valanathan Munsami, and Brazilian Space Agency President Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura.
- The deal will enable building a virtual constellation of specified remote sensing satellites of BRICS space agencies and their respective ground stations will receive the data.
- It will promote cooperation and use space data and applications for development and social objectives outlined in SDGs, providing benefit to citizens.
- It will contribute to strengthening multilateral cooperation among BRICS space agencies in meeting the challenges faced by mankind, such as global climate change, major disasters and environmental protection.
- It is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies which are Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
- Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC”, before the induction of South Africa in 2010.
- The BRICS members are known for their significant influence on regional affairs.
- All are also members of G20. Since 2009, the BRICS nations have met annually at formal summits. BRICS headquarter is situated in Shanghai, China.
- BRICS members are known for their influence in regional affairs.