The Ukrainian satellite for the Earth’s remote sensing Sich 2-30 that will be launched into orbit by Elon Musk’s SpaceX at the beginning of the new year was sent to the United States. According to the press service of the State Customs Service, the satellite was sent "in line with the schedule."
Work on preparing the satellite for the launch will be carried out in the United States. It is expected to be launched into orbit on January 10, 2022 from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Context. The launch of Sich 2-30 will be the first for Ukraine in the last 10 years. The satellite was manufactured in Dnipro as part of the National Space Program of Ukraine. The total launch cost is $1.99 million.
Ukraine already had its own spacecraft in orbit: the Sich-1 and Sich-2 optical remote sensing satellites and the Ocean-O radar satellite. These spacecraft were launched into space between 1995 and 2011.
Recall: in January, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy invited Elon Musk to visit the Serhiy Korolyov Museum of Cosmonautics in Zhytomyr.