The first Ukrainian telecommunications satellite will launch into orbit in 2017

The first Ukrainian telecommunications satellite «Lybid» is going to launch next year. It is reported AIN.UA.

«Ukrainian satellite will launch from Baikonur with the carrier rocket «Zenit-2ЅБ» and upper stage «Fregat-SB», — stated in the publication.

The contractor for the project called the canadian MDA company, subcontractor – «Information satellite systems». The contract on launch of the satellite was signed with the Canadians in 2009, but for various reasons the launch is all the time postponed, in particular because of the occupation of Crimea by Russia.

As reported to the State space Agency of Ukraine, at the moment the satellite «Lybid» is fully assembled, passed all the tests, is in the storage mode on the territory of Krasnoyarsk, OOO «Information satellite systems» and is ready to be shipped to the launch site.

«Now, with the HCA undertakes actions to ensure the launch of the spacecraft «Rus» in 2017″, — said the Agency.

Because of the occupation of the Crimea, Ukraine has lost ground control complex of satellite, constructed around Yalta. This delayed the implementation of the project and increased its cost.

The enterprise «Ukrkosmos» build a ground complex before the end of 2014, at their own expense (approximately $1 million). Take out the equipment from the Crimea, so a ground control station rented from the Italian company Telespazio.




The first Ukrainian telecommunications satellite will launch into orbit in 2017 11.11.2016

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