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Ukraine Space Program

The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved a new space program for 2008-2012.

Under the program, investments for innovative activity are to increase up considerably and the initiative is expected to be a major step forward, although it is yet to pass hearings in the new parliament.

Foreseen activities will yield practical outputs, provide solutions to concrete tasks of space monitoring, and ensure Ukraine’s participation in international projects. Ukrainian spacecraft will be launched at least once in two years. Further, Ukrainian space research will be elevated to a new qualitative level through provision of competitive equipment and machinery, data capacities, and surface facilities.

In addition, a group of satellites for surveillance and geophysical monitoring of the Earth will be deployed (Sich-2 and Sich-2M spacecrafts) and a geo-data support system is to be created as a part of the GMES and the GEOSS initiatives.

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