Ukraine and Canada will begin constructing a start site for the launch of the spacecraft Cyclone-4M in the province of Nova Scotia at the end of 2021.
The parties have already resolved all bureaucratic issues, said Oleg Uruskyi, Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Ministry for Strategic Industries.
Details of this project implementation were discussed with Stephen Matier, President and CEO of the Canadian company Maritime Launch Services LTD.
Ukrainian enterprises Yuzhnoye Design Office named after M. K. Yangel and Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building plant named after A.M. Makarov have already joined the project as well.
According to Uruskyi, Matier said that there they had preliminary agreements with US companies on the launch of their satellites by the Ukrainian Cyclone-4M launch vehicle.
The first launch is tentatively scheduled at the end of 2023.
In turn, the Deputy Prime Minister noted that the Ministry for Strategic Industries, within the limits of its powers, was ready to assist the enterprises of the space industry of Ukraine in implementing this project.
Urusky also said that implementing certain aspects of the Ukrainian-Canadian project Cyclone-4M was provided for by the National Target Scientific and Technical Space Program of Ukraine for 2021—2025.
In the near future, the Verkhovna Rada is expected to adopt this program. In particular, it is planned to create an RD-870 sustainer engine with a thrust of 80 tf and its further use as a sustainer engine for the first stage of this launch vehicle.
Reference. The third stage of the Cyclone-4 launch vehicle includes the RD-861K liquid-propellant rocket engine, designed to generate thrust and maneuver. The main design solutions are included in the second stage of the new Cyclone-4M launch vehicle.