Kyiv, August 21 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine has significant potential for participation in international space programs, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Kliuyev has said, while commenting on the putting into orbit with record-setting accuracy of the Intelsat 21 satellite by the Ukrainian Zenit 3SL carrier rocket as part of the Sea Launch project.
In his opinion, this launch is another confirmation of the success of Ukraine’s cooperation with other countries, first and foremost, with Russia, in the field of the use of outer space for peaceful purposes, the secretary’s press service reported.
Kliuyev said that that the recently signed Ukrainian-Russian program of cooperation in this sphere for 2012-2016 foresees the expansion of joint bilateral projects to develop launch vehicles and continue to provide launch services.
He also said that it was planned to create a single navigation system in Russia and Ukraine, using the GLONASS satellite system, use Earth remote sensing data, conduct joint fundamental and applied space research and jointly fight space debris, asteroids and comets, etc.
Kliuyev also said that Ukraine was planning to expand the use of Earth remote sensing to solve various problems in different industries, including in the field of security. As examples of the effective use of satellite monitoring, he named the successful tracking of natural and manmade disasters, the monitoring of the state of nature reserves, the fight against illegal logging, and the detection of illegal storage facilities for industrial and household waste. These technologies are to be widely used in agriculture, for example, in crop prediction, Kliuyev said.
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