On the night of Saturday, October 3, the United States successfully launched the Antares rocket, assembled with the participation of specialists from the Ukrainian Yuzhnoye Design Bureau.
The launch was carried out at 4:16 Kiev time from the Wallops Island, Virginia cosmodrome. The Cygnus cargo vehicle is heading for the International Space Station with about 3.6 tons of cargo.
The Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye, as well as NASA, informs about this on its Facebook page.
Friends, today is the third successful launch of a launch vehicle this year, created with the participation of enterprises of the space industry of Ukraine! – says the message of the Ukrainian design bureau.
The main structure of the first stage of the launch vehicle was developed by the Ukrainian Yuzhnoye design bureau and is manufactured at the Makarov Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant in cooperation with a number of Ukrainian companies.
As the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States added, a team of specialists from Ukrainian space enterprises arrived in the United States to timely prepare the rocket for launch in April this year.
At the cosmodrome during the launch of the rocket was the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Vladimir Yelchenko.
# Ukraine pledges its status as a superior partner # The United States is at the forefront of space.
This year's proof was the launch of the Antares rocket-launch vehicle – a project over which the design of the American spacecraft would be spillover. that ukr. space enterprises.
– UKR Embassy in USA (@UKRintheUSA) October 3, 2020
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“Ukraine confirms its status as a reliable partner of the United States in the field of space exploration,” the embassy noted.