Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the launch of the Ukrainian satellite Sich-2-30 on Twitter on January 13.
"For the first time in 10 years, the Ukrainian satellite Sich-2-30, made in Dnepr within the framework of the National Space Program, was sent into space. The device was delivered by a rocket from the SpaceX company. We look forward to seeing the first photos taken by the new Ukrainian satellite," the president said.
For the first time in 10 years, the Ukrainian Sich-2-30 satellite built in Dnipro as part of the National Space Program was launched into space. The device was delivered by a @SpaceX rocket. We look forward to seeing the first photos taken by the new Ukrainian satellite. pic.twitter.com/axoBfxeMLL— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) January 13, 2022
We would like to add that the US company SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with 105 satellites on board, including the Ukrainian satellite Sich-2-30.
The launch took place from the US Space Force base at Cape Canaveral at 17:30 Kyiv time. This is the first satellite launch for Ukraine for the last 10 years.
Last Ukrainian satellite Sich-2 was sent into orbit in August 2011 by the Dnepr-1 launch vehicle, which was manufactured by Yuzhmash with the assistance of Russian companies. Then the launch took place at a base in Russia's Orenburg region. 16 months later communication with the satellite was lost. Thus, instead of the expected five years, it worked just over a year.
"Sich-2-30" is a modification of "Sich-2", launched in 2011. Its total mass is about 210 kg, including 40 kg of payload. The development of Sich-2-30 began in 2017 at the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau named after M.K. Yangel.
The purpose of the Sich-2-30 satellite is to monitor the use of land, vegetation, forest and water resources, and to eliminate the consequences of natural disasters.