From November 18 to 20, 2021, the delegation of YUZHMASH led by the First Deputy General Director Konstantin Zavgorodny took part in a number of events related to the beginning of the practical implementation of the Ukrainian-Canadian project “Cyclone-4M”.
Except YUZHMASH the Ukrainian side of the project was represented by the delegations of the State Space Agency of Ukraine and the Design Bureau “Pivdenne”.
On November 18, working meetings were held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, between the Canadian company Maritime Launch Services (the future operator of the rocket and space complex) and the Dnipro developers and manufacturers. The Canadian company reported on the start of work on clearing the site for the construction of the first building on the spaceport – the launch control center.
On the same day, the heads of the space agencies of Ukraine and Canada, Volodymyr Taftay and Lisa Campbell signed a Joint Statement on the celebration of the partnership in space and the implementation of the Cyclone-4M project.
The next day, the presentation and solemn ceremony of the first Canadian commercial spaceport using the Cyclone-4M launch vehicle of Ukrainian design and production took place. The event was attended by Volodymyr Taftay, Lisa Campbell, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada François-Philippe Champagne, Member of the Parliament of Canada Sean Fraser, Minister of Economic Development of the Province of Nova Scotia Susan Corkum-Greek, President of Maritime Launch Services Stephen Matier, representatives of Design Bureau “Pivdenne” and YUZHMASH.
On November 20, an excursion was organized for the Ukrainian delegation to the construction site of the spaceport complex near the city of Canso.
The Ukrainian-Canadian project is based on time-tested technical and design solutions, which will allow as quickly as possible, with a high level of quality and the reliability to provide to the launch service market with a new competitive middle-class Cyclone-4M launch vehicle.
The Design Bureau “Pivdenne” will be responsible for the development, testing and operation of the launch vehicle and ground-based facilities. Yuzhmash will be the manufacturer and supplier of Cyclone-4M launch vehicle for Maritime Launch Services.
The high level of support for the project by the Canadian government and the authorities of the province of Nova Scotia is a sign of good prospects for the project, which will enable Ukrainian rocket builders to realize their potential in the development of rocket and space transport systems.