The State Space Agency of Ukraine and the US Department of Defense signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of space flight safety and the provision of space situational awareness services and information.
The countries will share space situational information to protect against space debris and in order to reduce the risks of the space objects collision in orbit, according to a statement on the website of the Ministry for Strategic Industries. This refers to, in particular, the future spacecraft of our country.
For instance, Ukraine should receive data from the United States upon request for the needs of the Space Monitoring and Analysis System (SMAS).
"The document, in particular, regulates the exchange of information in order to resolve emergency situations that may arise with spacecraft during their launch into orbit, de-orbiting, re-entry into the atmosphere, disposal and much more. I am convinced that this is a new stage in relations between our countries that will undoubtedly bring positive results for our country," Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleh Uruskyi explained.
Let us also add that on the part of Ukraine, the Memorandum was signed by the Chairperson of the State Space Agency Volodymyr Taftay, and on the part of the United States—by the Director of Strategy, Planning and Policy of the US Space Command, Michael Bernacchi Jr.
Context. Recall that now the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in the United States on a working visit. The Memorandum was signed within its framework. It is planned that on September 1, the Head of State will meet with US President Joe Biden.