The Institute of National Security Problems (from 1997 till 2003 - Environmental and Resources Research Institute of Ukraine) under the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine was established in 2003 according to the Decree of President of Ukraine No. 1396/2003 dated December 3, 2003. The Institute's activity objective is to develop scientific principles of national security, improve scientific validity and effectiveness of the state policy aimed at protection of national interests and ensuring security for a person, society and state against foreign and domestic threats in all activity areas in Ukraine, as well as to provide consultative and advisory support for the activity of President of Ukraine and the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on the above issues.
The Institute's Director is Counselor of President of Ukraine, NASU Academician, Horbulin Volodymyr Pavlovych. There are approximately 104 specialists working at the Institute, among which there is 1 Academician, 10 Doctors, and 15 Candidates of Science. Leading scientists and specialists on environmental and resource issues are involved as experts and consultants. The Institute has direct contacts with several Ukrainian and foreign organizations and institutions.
The Polish public and private dual-purpose company "Satellite Center for Regional Operations" (SCOR) was founded in 2003 by the Polish Agency of Military Property and the private company of information technologies TECHMEX to generate a high resolution station receiving images from Ikonos, QuickBird and other satellites according to agreement with the company Space Imaging (USA). Approximately 20 million US dollars were spent for the station generation and launching its operating (antenna, communication facilities, infrastructure, program-technical facilities, payments for satellite access etc.).
The receiving station is located in Komarove. The station was opened by President Kvasnevsky on September 24, 2004. SCOR is authorized for managing Ikonos within its competence and as for producing images, data archiving, processing and dissemination both in Poland and neighboring countries under special agreements.
The SCOR company has about 30 persons employed. The company's President is Jacek Studencki.
Spatial Knowledge Engineering Inc. (SKE Inc.) is a Canadian information solutions company with over ten years project management, systems design and development, and implementation experience. SKE has worked both domestically and internationally on projects of all sizes from a National Spatial Data Infrastructure to a local mining and land tenure management application. SKE's clients include the UN, World Bank, Global Environmental Facility; national governments in over 40 countries; the Canadian government and provincial ministries, municipalities and private sector organizations.
Clients worldwide are taking advantage of SKE Inc. information management services, rapid implementation approach, and Dynamic Atlas and GeoPortal technologies. Dynamic Atlas software technologies are the product of SKE Inc. They were originally developed building capacity and helping deal with multiple environment and resource information management needs in countries throughout the world. The software fills an important niche - providing map-based information access and analytical capabilities to anyone, as well as a wide range of instruments for analyses in their common combination. The product is designed to be simple in use with minimal requirements to training and maintenance.
SKE President, Darko Poletto.
The Centre for Aerospace Research of the Earth (CASRE) was established in 1992 according to a Decree of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine as a legal entity under the Institute of Geological Sciences of Ukraine. The Centre is specialized in remote sensing (RS) data acquisition and thematic interpretation, focusing on processing air- and space-born images and preparation of geoinformation products as well. There are studied energy mass exchange processes in geosystems and their impact on physical-chemical and biological mechanisms, which are responsible for forming spectral response of nature objects and are rather sensitive to influence of various natural and man-caused factors. The models of general spectral signatures for natural objects are elaborated, and their relations with attributes of the environment are evaluated. New techniques and technologies for acquisition and thematic interpretation of RS data are developed using these spectral signatures. The studies have fundamental and applied character.
To present, the Centre's staff is about one hundred employees, including 2 Corresponding Members of the NASU, 3 Doctors of Science (Professors) and 31 Candidates of Science (PhDs). The CASRE's Director is Vadym Ivanovych Lyalko, Corresponding Member of the NASU.
The NSAU-NASU Space Research Institute was established in 1996 under the National Space Agency of Ukraine and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine to organize scientific space researches in the country, conduct and coordinate scientific and engineering activities in the area of peaceful exploration and use of outer space. The Institute's main activities are the following: fundamental and applied research in outer space, astrophysical research of objects in the universe, including in ranges unavailable from the Earth surface; development of a strategy and principles of universe exploration means in solving scientific and applied issues for the economy needs; development and testing in the space environment of scientific space exploration equipment and relevant technological processes; development of new spacecraft navigation and control systems and earth and space monitoring systems; improvement of existing ones; generating information space systems; development of proposals on a concept and strategy for space programs.
There are about 130 members of the staff, including 10 Doctors of Science, 23 Candidates of Science (Ph.D.). The Director is Academician Vsevolod Mykhaylovych Kuntsevych.