Elon Musk launched Ukrainian satellite "Sich 2-30" by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (Broadcast and video)

Ukrainian News
14 January 2022, 09:47
14 January 2022, 09:47

The Falcon 9 rocket with the Ukrainian optical satellite for remote sensing of the Earth "Sich-2-30" was launched in the United States on January 13.

This was reported to BBC News Ukraine by the State Space Agency of Ukraine.

The launch of the Ukrainian satellite by the SpaceX rocket took place yesterday, January 13, 2022, at 5:25 pm Kyiv time from the US Space Force base at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The satellite was separated from the rocket and entered orbit at 6:50 pm Kyiv time. At 8:15 pm it flew over Ukraine. The launch took place within the Transporter 3 mission.

A space satellite was launched by Elon Musk's SpaceX company’s Falcon 9 rocket. In total, the Falcon 9 rocket is to launch 105 different objects into orbit.

The Sich 2-30 satellite is the first Ukrainian Earth remote sensing device to launch during the last 10 years.

The main purpose of the satellite is to get digital photographs of the Earth's surface in the visible and near-infrared ranges, as well as to monitor the parameters of the planet's ionosphere. The satellite has a data storage capacity of 10 GB, the data transfer rate is 30.72 Mbps.

The launch and further use of this satellite will allow to solve many pressing problems of socio-economic, environmental, informational, scientific, and educational nature, as well as to ensure the realization of Ukraine's interests in the field of national security and defense.

For Ukraine, the satellite could mark the first step in overcoming the space crisis. It can be used not only for important civilian tasks, such as monitoring the state of the environment or emergencies, but also to monitor the movement of troops.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated on the rocket launch.

The live broadcast record of the launch is available on the YouTube channel Space X.