14:52 12 Feb 2021

Ukraine plans to launch its own satellite in cooperation with SpaceX - Deputy Prime Minister

Ukraine is in talks with Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch its own satellite, Sich 2-30 (2-1), in December this year.

Deputy Prime Minister for Strategic Industries Oleh Urusky announced this on the air of the First Business channel, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

To launch a remote sensing satellite in December, previously mentioned by the president, technical negotiations are underway with SpaceX on the compatibility of "Sich 2-30 (2-1)" with the company's rocket launcher.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, it will soon become clear whether it's possible.

Uruskyi notes the satellite is now almost ready: "It requires final analysis and operational checks of technical preparedness for launch." He added that he personally visited Dnipro in the "Pivdenmash," where he checked the actual condition of the spacecraft.

"The last time we launched a serious remote sensing satellite was 10 years ago. Therefore, it really becomes a significant event for us," the deputy said.

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