Wednesday, February 27, 2019

First Ukrainian Floating Spaceport Might Be Created in Kherson

Sea Launch's floating spaceport. Credit: Sea Launch

Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant named after A.M. Makarov (Yuzhmash), Dnipro city, initiates the creation of floating platform for missiles’ launches in Ukraine, as Ukrinform reported citing Yuzhmash Director-General Serhy Voit.

“Ukraine does not have its own spaceport, however, only Yuzhmash specializes on the missile production and holds foreign economic with 23 countries, including Europe. We need to have our own spaceport. and it is possible to create it in Kherson region,” Voit stated.

He has added that recently he negotiated with the staff of Kherson State Plant “Pallada,” which produces floating structures (docks) and it expressed the readiness for cooperation and partnership.

“Our engineers were looking for the variants, considered many issues. We need to consider everything as some countries are against us to launch the missiles over them. We decided to make such platform at Kherson State Plant “Pallada” together with “Ukroboronprom” state concern,” Yuzhmash Director-General explained.

Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant named after A.M. Makarov was created in 1944. It is one of the leaders of the production of the carrier rockets and satellite in Ukraine and it allows the state to provide 8-10% of the launch services for the international companies annually.

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