An interview with the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada committee on economic development issues was published in Ukraine. At the same time, the main topic for discussion was the topic of space exploration.. People's Deputy Dmitry Natalukha said, that "Ukraine has every chance of becoming a space power". At the same time, Natalukha recalled, that 2017 the country cannot launch its satellite in any way. We are talking about the satellite "Sich-2-1", which was recently renamed "Sich-2-30", stated, that "30 is in honor of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine".
The head of the parliamentary committee of Ukraine said, that "while there are problems with funding". To launch a satellite, you need to 8 to 12 million dollars, which Kiev intends to receive from "private investors". At the same time Natalukha said, that the satellite will be multipurpose - to carry out reconnaissance, as well as transfer data for updating the Cadastral map.
Ukrainian journalists asked Natalukha, why launch this satellite, if the resolution of his camera is about 7 m, besides, that modern satellites have cameras with a resolution of up to 10 cm.
Then, that the space industry has discredited itself over the past couple of decades. It is necessary to restore prestige.
To "restore prestige" the deputy proposes to consider the possibility of launching a Ukrainian satellite using Elon Musk's rocket.
This can be a second birth for the whole sphere..
It turns out, that the space sphere of Ukraine now depends on the mood of the American billionaire ...
In his interview, Dmitry Natalukha said that, that Ukraine has a plan to create a "low-orbit cosmodrome near Kherson". Rada deputy said, that according to the developed project, the cosmodrome may appear next to the Oleshkovsky sands on the border of the Kherson and Nikolaev regions.
The launch vehicle will take off over the Black Sea, and fall into the Mediterranean. She will fly over Turkey, but at a higher altitude 100 km, so this is not even a limitation, but a diplomatic formality, which must be decided by the Foreign Ministry.
The deputy was asked, why does Ukraine need a cosmodrome, which many other countries do not have, including the countries of the so-called Visegrad Four. To this Natalukha again announced "an increase in prestige and a change in regional status".