A 3D-printed Ukrainian flag will ve delivered to the Moon during the first mission to the Earth's satellite with Ukraine's participation.
The launch is scheduled for spring 2022. This flight will be the first mission to the Moon with the participation of Ukraine.
The British company Spacebit will carry out the mission in cooperation with American partners.
"Delivery of Ukraine's flag, printed on a 3D printer made of Ukrainian titanium, will beсome symbolic. It was manufactured under a special 'green' or waste-free production technology," announced the Spacebit founder and CEO Pavlo Tanasyuk.
He asserted that it was a "great honor" to be the team that brings the flag of Ukraine to the surface of the Moon for the first time in history as well as carries out the first Ukrainian mission to the Earth's satellite.
"We are open to a new partnership to revive Ukraine's image as a leading country in the world space scene," Tanasyuk added.
Ukroboronprom joins the mission
Joint Stock Company Meridian n. S.P.Korolyov, which is a member of Ukroboronprom State Concern, has joined the domestic part of the space lunar mission, carried out by the British company Spacebit in partnership with companies from around the world.
According to Olha Rudenko, director for development at the Meridian, their testing laboratory will check the equipment to be used on the moon for climatic and mechanical stress. And due to a unique "hot cell" with sources of ionizing radiation up to 13 stages, these devices and equipment will be tested for radiation resistance and radiation aging.
"We also go ahead with manufacturing ultralight and heavy-duty mechanical structures for the equipment of the lunar rover, which kicks off exploring the surface of the Earth's satellite in a year," Rudenko said.
The examination will be streamed
First of all, equipment for examination of soils, testing of sample selection technology, collecting information on thermal properties and magnetic field and others will be sent to the Moon. The cargo will first reach the large crater Lacus Mortis on the near side of the moon, and after that - to the dark spot Oceanus Procellarum on the surface of the celestial body.
Sensors manufactured at Ukrainian enterprises shall collect information about the radiation background, and a special camera will stream video from the surface. All the data obtained will be available to Ukrainian scientists for the development of space programs.
As reported earlier, the first Ukrainian mission to the Moon is estimated to cost USD 1.5 million.