The Russian Federal Space Agency ROSCOSMOS formally became the newest member of the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' on 28 August 2013.
On the occasion of the International Aviation & Space Salon (MAKS) in Moscow a signature ceremony took place with representatives of ROSCOSMOS and several other Charter member agencies. Prof Wörner, chairman of the current Charter lead agency DLR, congratulated ROSCOSMOS and emphasised that a further important contributor to the Charter had been won.
At the same time, operational integration is progressing: new acquisitions and archive data from the Russian Earth-observing satellites METEOR-M and KANOPUS-V will contribute to Charter activations as well as archive data of the RESURS-DK1 satellite. These satellites will further improve the reactivity and performance of the Charter to support emergency response measures after major disasters worldwide.