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Ukraine moving ahead with satellite plan

Ukraine is moving ahead with plans to launch its first geostationary communications satellite, according to local reports.

According to Russian press reports, state enterprise Ukrkosmos has struck an agreement with Eutelsat to secure a place at the 48° East orbital slot for the satellite, Dybid.

Ukrkosmos director Sergei Kapshtyk told the Kommersant newspaper that the satellite would be assembled in Russia and delivered to Baikonur for launch late next year.