Small satellites, which are currently launched by the company SpaceX Elon Mask, will sooner or later fail. According to the chief economist of YUZHMASH Dmitry Nikon, in order to replace such a satellite, it is not necessary to launch Falcon 9 or the same Vega, but an inexpensive delivery vehicle that will purposefully change one or another satellite that has worked out its potential.
“This, I believe, is the niche for light-class launch vehicles,” a representative of YUZHMASH said.
“We can manufacture all components for missiles, with the exception of electronics - body, engines, valves, and so on. But there are a lot of hardware developers. By the way, in our Aerospace Center for Youth Education there is a circle where students - graduates of the Faculty of Physics and Technology of the DNU develop blueprints and make rockets that can take off to a height of 20 kilometers, ”said D. Nikon.
He also noted that in Ukraine there are many startups from Odessa, Kharkov and other cities that can also develop missiles, the construction of which can be carried out by YUZHMASH. The plant is ready to create a design unit that will specialize in the creation of a light rocket.