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Ukraine to launch remote sensing satellite

Ukraine: The Sich-2 land remote sensing satellite will be launched into orbit in the fourth quarter of this year, Director General of the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU) Yuriy Alekseev has informed.

The Sich-2, will be launched, roughly speaking, in the fourth quarter of 2010, but we hope that it will be in October. The satellite is currently undergoing thermal vacuum tests at Yuzhmash and by September, we want to send it to the launch site,” Alekseev said. In August 2009, Oleksandr Zinchenko, the erstwhile Director General of NSAU, had announced that he launch of the land remote sensing satellite is scheduled for April 2010.

The satellite weighs nearly 150 kilograms and will be launched into orbit by the Ukranian Dnipro Rocket Booster.

According to Oleksandr Zinchenko, the Land remote sensing satellite will be put to a twenty-four-hour orbit at the height of 688 kilometers. He noted that the satellite will be equipped with an optic scanner produced in Ukraine.

Source: Finnchannel, NRCU