Something to be Proud of – A Ukrainian Spaceport and Rockets of the Future

Something to be Proud of – A Ukrainian Spaceport and Rockets of the Future

Voices of Ukraine

04.11.2014 Segodnya
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.

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 2.29.37 PM Tsyklon-4, Ukrainian carrier rocket. Scheduled for launch at the end of 2015.

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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One thought on “Something to be Proud of – A Ukrainian Spaceport and Rockets of the Future

  1. US – Ukraine space co-operation successfully continues: Antares space rocket, partly designed in Ukraine, successfully launched in the U.S. – On January 9, 2014, at 1:06 pm local time (20:06 Kyiv time) Antares space rocket was successfully launched for the third time from the NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

    The first stage of the rocket was designed and manufactured by the Ukrainian State Enterprises Pivdennyi Machine-Building Plant and Pivdenne Design Bureau in cooperation with Hartron-ARKOS (Kharkiv), Kyivprylad (Kyiv), Hartron-UCOM (Zaporizhzhya), Chezara and Rapid (Chernihiv) and other Ukrainian hi-tech companies.

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