​Ukrainian Sich-2-30 Satellite Successfully Launched into Orbit (video)

Sich-2-30 satellite was developed and assembled by the Ukrainian Yuzhnoye State Design Office / Photo credit: Yuzhnoye State Design Office
Sich-2-30 satellite was developed and assembled by the Ukrainian Yuzhnoye State Design Office / Photo credit: Yuzhnoye State Design Office

Sich-2-30 satellite was launched at the Cape Canaveral U.S. Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in a framework of the Transporter-3 mission by SpaceX’ Falcon-9 heavy launch vehicle

The mission Transporter-3 is a so-called smallsat dedicated rideshare mission by SpaceX, in which the company launches a number of satellites which includes up to 200 kg of payload mass for various customers for as low as $1 million on one rocket. The mission’s target is a sun-synchronous orbit. This would be SpaceX’s third rideshare mission.

Ukrainian Sich-2-30 satellite successfully launched into orbit, Transporter-3 mission by SpaceX’ Falcon-9, Defense Express
SpaceX’ Falcon-9 was launched at 10:25 US Eastern Standard Time (EST) from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. Photo credit: SpaceX

This mission is comprised of 105 satellites for commercial and government customers. Most of the payloads are microsatellites (10-100 kg) and nanosatellites (1-10 kg), including CubeSats, PocketQubes, and orbital transfer vehicles.

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Sich-2-30 satellite was developed and assembled by the Ukrainian company Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Dnipro City, during 2017-2020. Some components of the satellite were manufactured by companies from Europe and South Korea. Assemblies and final tests took place in 2021. All tests were successful.

Ukrainian Sich-2-30 satellite successfully launched into orbit, Transporter-3 mission by SpaceX’ Falcon-9, Defense Express
Ukrainian Sich-2-30 satellite / Photo credit: Yuzhnoye State Design Office

The main mission of Sich-2-30 satellite is to monitor the use of land, vegetation, forest, water resources and to eliminate the consequences of natural disasters. In addition, the satellite can help obtain data on the creation of engineering structures, the movement of military equipment and ships.

Ukrainian Sich-2-30 satellite successfully launched into orbit, Transporter-3 mission by SpaceX’ Falcon-9, Defense Express
Transporter-3 is a so-called smallsat dedicated rideshare mission by SpaceX, in which the company launches a number of satellites

The satellite is to become the first domestic Earth remote sensing spacecraft over the past 10 years.

Ukrainian Sich-2-30 satellite successfully launched into orbit, Transporter-3 mission by SpaceX’ Falcon-9, Defense Express
SpaceX’ Falcon-9 successful landing Photo credit: SpaceX
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