Peleng is the main creator of the equipment for the Belarusian remote sensing satellite that was put into orbit on 22 July 2012. Vladimir Semashko spoke highly of the company’s participation in the project. Peleng is known well across the Commonwealth of Independent States. Initially a central design bureau, it has evolved into an independent organization that can carry out scientific research and design on its own in addition to a complete technology cycle to create equipment for remote sensing satellites, said Vladimir Semashko. The company did not have the proper manufacturing base for such large-scale projects before mid-2011. But last year a new wing was built using proprietary funds because now Peleng is rather a lucrative enterprise and has the sources to finance such projects.
The company has plans to build another wing to create equipment for satellites with the resolution of 2.2 meters. It will be a very advanced ability for a satellite, but still in the future the company will have to create equipment with the resolution of 0.7 meters, 0.5 meters, and 0.4 meters. Totally different physics principles will be involved, different optics, said Vladimir Semashko.
The First Vice Premier’s visit to OAO Peleng is part of the systemic efforts to coordinate the company’s operation in the near future and to address issues in interaction between OAO Peleng and OAO Integral, interaction between the State Defense Industries Committee and the Industry Ministry.
First Vice Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko stated that Belarus had become a space power when it had launched its first space satellite. The satellite will have to be tested for three months. All the systems will be tried. “For now things are looking normal. Everything that had to unfold has done so. In the course of the flight tests, by the end of the second month, real test images will be taken. Remote sensing of the Earth is the key purpose of the device,” remarked Vladimir Semashko. Once the three-month flight tests are over, an acceptance report will be signed. With the resources invested in the equipment, the satellite should be able to last for at least five years, remarked the official.
OAO Peleng is a Belarusian cutting-edge optoelectronics design company. It is part of the State Defense Industries Committee of Belarus. The company emerged initially as the central design bureau Peleng founded via the re-organization of the design department of S.I. Vavilov Minsk Mechanical Plant (part of BelOMO). The design bureau was turned into OAO Peleng in 1994. OAO Peleng focuses on optoelectronics R&D for a wide range of applications. The company offers photo equipment for commercial remote sensing satellites as well as systems to compress, process, and store data.