Ukraine is preparing to launch its first communication satellite “Lybid”, which is in storage in Russia from the Baikonur cosmodrome in 2017, reports TASS. This is referred to in the response of the State space Agency of Ukraine (GKAU) on the request of the Agency.
“At the moment, the State space Agency of Ukraine implements measures to ensure the launch of the spacecraft “Rus” in 2017″, – stated in the request.
The Agency confirmed that “Lybid” is fully assembled, tested, and is in the storage mode on the territory of JSC “Information satellite systems” in Krasnoyarsk and “ready to be shipped to the Baikonur cosmodrome”. However, the query is not checked, what will be the actions of Kiev in the future regarding the fact that the warranty period of the device expires.
The delay in the launch of the spacecraft, according to GKAU, linked to the “loss of ground control complex of satellite, created near the town of Evpatoria (Crimea)”. This, as noted by the Agency, has also led to a significant increase in the cost of the project, as the state enterprise “Ukrkosmos” “independently, at their own expense, built the ground segment in their territory in the alternative configuration”.