Ukraine regains its position of missile producing state, - NSDC Secretary Turchynov

A few weeks ago, NSDC reported on the successful launch of Ukrainian missiles at a military training ground. Antares-230 upgraded middle class launch vehicle carrying Cygnus spacecraft was successfully launched from Wallops Island (Virginia, USA) today, Oct. 18 at 2:45 a.m. Kyiv time.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the National Security and Defense Council press service, this was stated by NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov.

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"The main developer of the launch vehicle was the US-based Orbital ATK while its first stage was created by the Ukrainian space industry enterprises including Pivdenne Design Bureau and Pivdennyi Machine-Building Plant manufacturing group in cooperation with ARCOS, Khartron-UCOM, Chezara, Rapid and others. The Ukrainian experts spent last year and a half upgrading the first stage of the Antares launch vehicle adapting it to the new engine.

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"The decision to replace the Russian engine, which was previously used in the rocket, was made in 2014 following its explosion seconds after the launch. The Ukrainian specialists faced a unique challenge to adapt the new engine to the missile designed for a completely different one as soon as possible. And they succeeded! The changes in the launch vehicle ' s design have significantly improved its capacity and financial viability.

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"I congratulate everyone involved in this great project! Ukraine has much to be proud of!

"Ukraine regains its position of missile-producing state rapidly restoring its place among rocket-builders. We are developing a sophisticated missile shield to protect our state and the most advanced missile systems for exploration of peaceful outer space," Turchynov said.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n411055