President Volodymyr Zelensky has set a task to launch Ukrainian satellites in 2022, and a module to Moon in 2024. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleh Urusky, as Censor agency reports.
"For the first time in ten years, Ukraine will have its own satellite in space orbit," he said.
The Vice Prime Minister noted that the concept of the National Targeted Scientific and Technical Space Program of Ukraine for 2021-2025 was approved this year.
"And very soon, I hope, the program will appear," the Vice PM added.
Urusky reminded that the process of the corporatization of state-owned enterprises in the space industry has begun in Ukraine. It is about the corporatization of State Enterprise Pavlograd Chemical Plant Research-Industrial Complex.
"The Ministry of Finance is well aware that the space industry is a priority of the president. It is included in the program of the president, the government and the Verkhovna Rada. They formally say: "The program has not been adopted yet. When there’s a program, we will talk." But Volodymyr Zelensky sets a task for us to launch the next satellites in 2022, and in 2024 - a module to Moon. It requires funding already! We cannot afford to lose a year," the Vice Prime Minister said.
As it was reported, Yuzhnoye State Design Office plans to launch Ukrainian Earth remote sensing satellite Sich-2-1 as part of SpaceX's cluster mission. The start-up contract has been concluded with a Dutch company ISILAUNCH.
Ukrainian satellite Sich-2-1 will be launched into orbit by a Falcon-9 launch vehicle in December 2021.