In Canada, the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a spaceport for Ukraine’s promising Cyclone-4M booster rocket took place in Canada. It is known that the first launch is expected to take place in 2022.
The start of construction of the spaceport for the new Cyclone-4M booster rocket was reported by the Russian news agency TASS, citing the head of Ukraine’s State Space Agency, Vladimir Taftay. The ceremony took place in the Canadian city of Halifax with the participation of Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Mr. Francois-Philippe Champagne and the Minister of Economic Development of Nova Scotia, Ms. Susan Corkum-Grick.
According to the project, on the Atlantic coast of the state of Nova Scotia (Canada), a commercial spaceport will be built for the rocket being developed by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau named after M.K. Yangel. The rocket will be manufactured by Phuong Nam Machine Building Factory (Yuzhmash).
The spaceport project is currently being implemented by the Canadian company MLS (Maritime Launch Services). The command center of the space launch site will be named after Alexander Degtyarev, former head of the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau.
Cyclone-4M design began in 2017. This is a two-stage medium rocket capable of launching objects weighing up to 5 tons to low orbit. In the future, it can put up to 3.35 tons of cargo in a synchronous orbit with the Sun. The first propulsion stage uses kerosene and liquid oxygen, the second uses heptyl (fuel) and amyl (oxidizer).
Cyclone-4 booster rocket is a product of cooperation between Ukraine and Brazil that began research and development in 2004. This rocket is expected to launch for the first time in 2010 at the latest, but the deadline is often extended and The launch date is repeatedly postponed. One of the problems encountered was the increased project costs. As a result, the Brazilian side canceled the project, causing Ukraine to stop.
The process of building the new version of Cyclone-4M is closely related to Maritime Launch Services, as the company will finance the project with its own capital and with the support of investments received from commercial sources. commercial. The first launch of this rocket is expected to take place in 2022.
Before that, Spain showed off a multi-use booster for the first time in its history. It is known that the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) has ordered the engine for the rocket that can be reused many times with a winged propulsion stage. The prototype of the Krylo-SV reusable stage is expected to be built in 2022.