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The Charter welcomes its 15th member: ROSCOSMOS

Thursday, September 5, 2013

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.