In 2008, the National Space Agency plans to launch the Sich-2 space vehicle designed for use on behalf of the national defense and national economy, the Cabinet press office informs.

The Sich-2 is being developed within the new Nationwide State Space Program 2007-2011.

The Dnipropetrovsk Design Bureau "Yuzhnoye" is dealing with the satellite's designing. In 2006, Ukraine developed a project and design documentation for the space system Sich-2, set up an Operational Planning Center and communications unit, as well as surface aerospace date reception, storing, processing and dissemination facilities.

The project is valued at 20 million USD. The Sich-2 will be launched from the Baikonur airspace on the basis of the Ukrainian launch vehicle Dnepr and will be up to 350 kg weight.


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