The first Ukrainian mission to the Moon will occur in 2022. It is planned to deliver equipment for scientific research to the satellite surface. Pavlo Tanasyuk, the company's founder and CEO, said this during a press conference entitled "Spacebit will carry out the first Ukrainian mission to the Moon."
The first Ukrainian mission to the moon will be carried out by the British company Spacebit in cooperation with American partners.
As part of the mission, which will cost the Ukrainian side about USD 1.5 million, equipment for conducting scientific research on the lunar surface will be delivered to the satellite.
According to Tanasyuk, such a mission will allow Ukraine to join the club of privileged countries that delivered cargo to the satellite. Only three countries - the United States, China, and Russia - were successful in such logistics.
In addition, it will revive Ukraine's role as a space state in the international arena and give a start for the development of domestic space projects in cooperation with the public sector.
"This project will be recognized all over the world, because Ukraine will be one of the few countries that has been able to successfully deliver a scientific cargo to the Moon," Tanasyuk added.
Meanwhile, NASA has been developing a huge rocket called the Space Launch System (SLS) to launch astronauts to the Moon - and eventually Mars. Set to make its debut in late 2021, the SLS is the most powerful launch vehicle built since the 1960s.