Ukraine, UK create sub-orbital rocket

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is planned to launch it in Scotland at the end of 2018
17:40, 2 February 2018


British Company Skyrora the research-and-development center of which is situated in Dnipro, Ukraine created the sub-orbital rocket Skyrora 1 destined for the launch of the nanosatellites as SpaceNews reported.

'Skyrora unveiled plans to host a suborbital test flight in the fourth quarter of 2018 from Scotland', the message said.

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Skyrora manages the research-and-development center in Dnipro. According to London company, it allows to keep Skyrora’s operational costs at a competitive level, but also benefit from the Ukraine’s space industry know-how and its qualified workforce.

'As a British company, it’s helpful for us to have access to Ukrainian knowledge that can support our activity. We outsource some design tasks to a team over there that has a mixture of real launch experience and young dynamic university graduates', Daniel Smith, the business development manager said.

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According to the plan, the Skyrora 1 suborbital launch vehicle is to be capable of generating 30 kN of thrust at sea level. Skyrora’s engines use green hydrogen peroxide oxidizer to limit their impact on the Earth’s atmosphere.

As we reported Ukraine conducted the first successful testing of the cruise missile of home manufacture on January 30. 

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