Ukraine Seeking ESA Membership

The chairman of Ukraine’s space agency, Yuri Radchenko. said last week his nation is seeking membership in the European Space Agency (ESA).

“Today, we held talks with the Head of the European Space Agency on this matter,” he explained. “The strategy and the tactics on the matter have been worked out. It is required to fulfill a number of conditions to become a member of the European Space Agency.”

He said the membership could be secured within “a reasonable” timeframe.

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Ukraine Space Agency Gets New Chairman

Oleg S. Uruskyi (Credit: SSAU)
Oleg S. Uruskyi (Credit: SSAU)

SSAU PR — Introduction of the new Chairman of the State Space Agency of Ukraine – Dr. Oleg S. Uruskyi has taken place on January 26, 2015 at the State Space Agency of Ukraine HQ.

The Vice Prime-Minister – Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine – Gennadiy Zubko read out loud the Resolution #26-r of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as of January 21, 2015 “On the appointment of Dr. Oleg Uruskyi the Chairman of SSAU”. In his speech the Vice Prime-Minister emphasized the important tasks facing the space industry and its leader.

Welcoming the new Chairman of SSAU with this appointment, Advisor to the President of Ukraine – Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies Mr. Volodymyr Gorbulin noted that in 1992-1996 Dr. Uruskyi was a member of the team, which created the Space Agency and started implementation of the first space missions of Ukraine.

While presenting his vision of the future as the Head of SSAU Dr. Uruskyi stressed that “Complex challenges are addressed to the Space Agency. However, I’m certain that we can manage them together”.

NOTE: Oleg S. Uruskyi was born on April 13, 1963 in Chortkiv, Ternopil region. In 1985 he graduated from Kyiv Military Aviation Engineering School. Doctor of Engineering Science, awarded with the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology.

Ukraine Dismisses Chairman of Space Agency as President Seeks to Revive Industry

Yuri Alexeev bids farewell to his staff. (Credit: State Space Agency of Ukraine)
Yuri Alexeev bids farewell to his staff. (Credit: State Space Agency of Ukraine)

KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 22, 2014 (HCA PRs) — Yuri Alexeev, who headed the National Space Agency of Ukraine from 2005-2009 and the State Space Agency of Ukraine from 2010-2014, bid a warm goodbye to the central office of the space agency.

According to the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 16 October 2014 №972-p, YS Alekseev was dismissed as Chairman of the State Space Agency of Ukraine.

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Cyclone-4 Development Not Affected by Ukraine Turmoil

Cyclone-4 first and second stages. (Credit: Alcantara Cyclone Space)
Cyclone-4 first and second stages. (Credit: Alcantara Cyclone Space)

Cyclone-4 Project Status Update
Via Alcantara Cyclone Space

The current events in Ukraine have not impacted the Cyclone-4 Project development. Currently, the Launch Vehicle development is progressing as scheduled, and it will be ready for delivery to Alcantara in the second half of 2015.

Cyclone-4 payload fairing separation test. (Credit: Alcantara Cyclone Space)
Cyclone-4 payload fairing separation test. (Credit: Alcantara Cyclone Space)

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Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan Agree on New Baikonur Launch Complex for Zenit

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Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin, GKAU head Yuri Alexeev, and Kazkosmos head Talgat Musabayev meet in Yalta. (Credit: Kazkosmos)

Yalta, Ukraine (Kazkosmos PR) — In the sidelines of the meeting in Yalta representatives of executive authorities of CIS member states on cooperation in the space sector held a trilateral meeting of heads of space agencies of Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine.

Chairman of the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan Talgat Musabayev, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, and chairman of the National Space Agency of Ukraine (GKAU) Yuri Alexeev after a discussion of issues of cooperation and the prospects for the implementation of the project at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Baiterek on the basis of the launch vehicle (LV) Zenit signed a joint protocol.

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Ukrainian Parliament Approves Five-Year, $316 Million Space Program

Ukraine_logoKIEV, Ukraine (Ukrainian Space Agency PR) — On May 21, 2013, the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] of Ukraine has adopted the draft law, “On Ratification of the National Trust for Science and Technology Space Program for 2013-2017.”

Funding for the program is 2.58 billion hryvnia ($316 million), including the state budget – 1.12 billion hryvnia ($137.2 million).

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Ukraine Approves $14 Million Space Action Plan

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted the decree, “On approval of the action plan for the development of space activities and the production of space technology in 2013” (hereinafter – the Regulation) on October 17, 2012.

The purpose of the adoption of the Order – the solution of urgent problems of space activities in 2013, the continuation of the projects started in previous years and the implementation of the initial phases of the work under the draft national targeted science and technology space program for 2013-2017, which is approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

The indicative total budget funding for the implementation of the action plan is 114 million hryvnia [$13.95 million].

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Ukraine Ranks in Top 5 for Space Launches

Ukrainian Zenit rocket launch.

KYIV, Ukraine, March 2, 2012 (Worldwide News Ukraine PR) — Ukrainian State Space Agency informed that in 2011 Ukraine joined China, the EU, Russia, and the USA becoming one of the top five space rocket launching countries in the world. Since 1991 Ukraine grew into a significant player in the field of space industry, having launched 125 rockets and delivered into orbit 238 satellites that belonged to 19 countries.

As of today Ukraine has launched its rockets from four space launch facilities across the globe. By 2013, the country will start using the fifth launching platform for rocket launches as a joint Ukrainian-Brazilian project Alcantara Cyclone Space will be complete. The binational project will provide a launching facility in one of the most advantageous locations on the planet.

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Ukraine Sees Space as Ticket to Developed Nation Status, Eyes Closer Ties With Russia

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (Credit: SSAU)

“I see our space achievements as a driving force of the country’s development. Participation in space programs indicates technological capabilities, economic prospects and the level of national security of a state,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed.

“This is our ticket to a prestigious club of developed countries,” he said.

Ukraine and Russia have good potential for the development of joint projects in rocket-space industry, President Yanukovych has said today in Yenakiyeve, adding that the issue of joint development of our countries’ rocket-space systems had been discussed during his meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

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