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Ukraine's State Space Agency offers to build space launch complex in Australia
08:41, 12 March 2018

Ukraine's State Space Agency offers to build space launch complex in Australia

Ukraine could be sending rockets to the orbit already tomorrow, - ambassador

08:41, 12 March 2018

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Ukraine's state space agency (SSAU) offered Australia to construct a spaceport near the Curtin air base in the Kimberley district.

According to The West Australian, the SSAU proposal says the facility could become Asia’s major launch site, servicing commercial launches for Australia’s regional partners such as Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Indonesia.    

The Ukrainian government first offered Australia such option in 2016.

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Ukraine's Ambassador in Australia Mykola Kulynych said that Ukraine enjoys enough technical knowledge, has a decent production chain and a long-lasting history in terms of space researches, which is enough to bring the idea to life.  

'This offer looks quite realistic. If Ukraine had a launch facility it could be launching rockets already tomorrow. We offer our people and our knowledge to join in, granted Australia has the area to assign for that purpose,' he said.  

'The SSAU says it needs 5000sqkm to 7000sqkm of land on a commercial lease, preferably around the Curtin air base near Derby (Western Australia, - 112 International), to establish a spaceport', The West Australian wrote.

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