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“Interfax” Reports on Launching Ukrainian

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Telecom Satellite in the First Ten Days of 2018
The telecom satellite “Lybid”, designed for creating the National Satellite Communications System of Ukraine, will go into orbit in early 2018. This information was announced to the “Interfax” by the spokespersons at the Kazakh Baikonur Cosmodrome, which scheduled firing Zenit launch vehicle with “Lybid” on board.
“In the first ten days of 2018, it is planned to undertake commissioning works to put the space vehicle “Lybid” into orbit by means of Zenit launcher. After that, launching vehicles of this category will be given up”, as stated by the source.
At present, the satellite “Lybid” remains in storage in Krasnoyarsk (Russia) in the facilities of the company “Information Satellite Systems” (ISS). Placing that vehicle into geostationary orbit turned out a good quest with numerous date shifting. The recent one was December 2017, announced in the spring of current year.
“Lybid” should be located in the position of 48°E. Its estimated service life is 15 years. The vehicle is an integral part of the National Satellite Communications System of Ukraine (NSCSU).