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Ukraine is in active dialogue with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States of America, as well as with other countries for the implementation of joint projects in the space industry, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
This is reported in an article, titled "Ukraine is promoting space industry in the United States, Russia, China," appearing in the American magazine Aviation Week & Space Technology. The article chronicles the recent meeting of Deputy Prime Minister Yuriy Boyko and National Space Agency Chairman Yuriy Alekseyev with NASA chief administrators Charles Bolden and Michael O'Brian, Deputy NASA Administrator for International Cooperation.
"Ukraine is one of the few countries that have a full aerospace cycle. We are ready to build rockets from the beginning to the end, and launch these rockets into space, making full use of our equipment and technology ...We believe that our future lies in the development of global cooperation with everyone who wants it, particularly with the United States, the leader in space programs today," Boyko is quoted as saying in the article.
Government analysts say the launch vehicle "Antares" was successfully launched from the Testing Center at Wallops Island, Virginia (US) on April 21. The first stage of the rocket was designed and manufactured by Ukrainian enterprises Youzhmash and Youzhnoye. These companies have signed a long-term contract until 2018 with the NASA with an estimated value of 1.9 billion USD.
According to Aviation Week & Space Technology, Ukraine is today actively cooperating with leading space powers and is involved in many international projects in the field of space exploration.