09:38Brazilian president to focus on space issues during visit to Ukraine
Space issues are to be the focus of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's visit to Ukraine, Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko said during a meeting with the National Space Agency of Ukraine Chief Oleksandr Zinchenko in Kyiv on October 6.
In particular, the two states will focus on the cooperation on the Tsyklon (Cyclone)-4 project. The Brazilian president is to visit Ukraine in November 2009.
The Ukrainian president told journalists in New York in September that Ukraine's Tsyklon (Cyclone)-4 launch vehicle would first blast off from Brazil's Alcantara space center in 2010.
The Ukrainian leader said he had asked his Brazilian counterpart to help Ukraine's National Space Agency secure a $260-million loan from Brazil's National Bank for Economic and Social Development.
This money is needed to allow the Ukrainian National Space Agency to finish forming its charter capital and to accomplish a certain amount of work as part of the Tsyklon-4 project, Yuschenko said.
The Tsyklon-4 is the most advanced and powerful member of the Tsyklon launch vehicle family. It uses some of the technologies of its predecessor, the Tsyklon-3.
The Alcantara space center's proximity to the equator allows an increase of the weight of payloads by 30-40%, using the maximum speed of the Earth's rotation near the equator as a boost to achieving orbital speeds.
The Tsyklon project forms part of Ukraine's plans to create a new basis for space exploration programs in the 21st century, which includes measures to begin exporting Ukrainian rockets to Latin American markets.
Ukraine's 2010 draft budget proposes allocating UAH 80.54 million for the Tsyklon-4 project at Brazil's Alcantara space center.
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