Something to be Proud of – A Ukrainian Spaceport and Rockets of the Future
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
To mark the International Day of Human Space Flight, Segodnya finds out about Ukraine’s achievements in space.
Since its independence, Ukraine has launched 132 rocket vehicles that were designed and made domestically, and 28 space vehicles designed by our scientists have been placed into low-earth orbit. One of our recent major achievements is a unique upper-stage engine for the European Vega rocket vehicle, which was developed by the Yuzhnoe Space Design Bureau and Yuzhny Machine Building Plant. [Incidentally,] this rocket bears the name of the second brightest star in the Northern Hemisphere, Antares, and can be used to place smaller satellites into polar orbits and collect new data about space. Since 2012 there have been two successful launches of Vega from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.
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