On February 1, Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleg Uruskyi held a meeting on the creation of Ukrainian remote sensing satellites with high resolution.
The event was attended by both major spacecraft developers and customers of satellite services.
"We discussed a wide range of organizational and technical issues, as well as heard projects to create a group of satellites from the National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" and SE "CB "Pivdenne", said Oleg Uruskyi.
During the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister focused, in particular, on accelerating the implementation of the objective set by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to launch the remote sensing satellite "Sich 2-30 (2-1)" into Earth’s orbit.
"We must take all necessary measures to make this happen by the end of 2021, the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence. And it is quite real provided the most effective work and it is an urgent necessity," said Oleg Uruskyi.
According to him, the availability of remote sensing satellites will not only help solve a wide range of problems in the interests of both the economy and law enforcement agencies but also save budget funds that are currently spent on the purchase of such services abroad.
Following the meeting, the participants stressed the need to strengthen cooperation between the State Space Agency of Ukraine, the National Technical University "KPI" and SE "CB "Pivdenne" on joint projects, focusing on the feasibility of accumulating all appropriate resources to implement the set tasks this year, as well as taking steps to launch the third PolyITAN-3 satellite, created by the National Technical University "KPI".
"We have a paradoxical situation: Ukraine has a significant scientific and technical potential and almost everything to have its own group of satellites in orbit, but, unfortunately, it is absent. We can air various reasons for that, but the situation needs to change", summed up the Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine.