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Ukraine delays Sich-2 satellite launch

Ukraine: The launch of the Ukrainian remote sensing (RS) satellite Sich-2 has been postponed. Yuriy Alekseev, Chief of the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU), said that the delay was caused by the organisational problems arising from the Russian side.

Earlier, the satellite’s launch was scheduled for October, then December 2010, and then for the first quarter of 2011. Yuzhnoye Design Office general designer Oleksandr Dehtyarev expressed confidence that the launch of the Dnepr carrier rocket from the Sich-2 satellite will be held in May or early June 2011.

Satellite Sich-2 is designed to address the practical and scientific challenges of regional and local level to monitor crisis situations, vegetation and soil cover of land, create digital terrain maps, as well as conduct resource management and planning on urban and coastal areas.

Source: www.nrcu.gov.ua