Press Releases

    UNIS/OS/285
    4 June 2004

    United Nations Receives Space Launcher Models from Ukraine

    VIENNA, 4 June (UN Information Service) -- Scale models of rockets built by Ukraine were gifted to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) here on Wednesday, at the beginning of the forty-seventh session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

    The models include a 2.5-metre model of Ukraine’s Zenit-2 launch vehicle and three small models of its Cyclone-4 and Zenit-3SL launch vehicles, as well as the Dnepr space launch system. The models were donated to OOSA by E. Kuznetsov, Deputy Director-General of the National Space Agency of Ukraine, on behalf of the Government of Ukraine.

    Earlier this year, Ukraine held an exhibition titled “Space State -- Ukraine” at the Vienna International Centre to coincide with the forty-first session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of COPUOS. The exhibit included models of launch vehicles, satellites and rocket engines built by Ukraine, as well as multimedia presentations on Ukraine’s national space activities.

    The models will be on display at the United Nations permanent space exhibit and can be viewed as part of a guided tour of the Vienna International Centre.

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    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) implements the decisions of the General Assembly and of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its two Subcommittees, the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the Legal Subcommittee. The Office is responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, and assisting developing countries in using space science and technology. Located in Vienna, Austria, OOSA maintains a website at http://www.oosa.unvienna.org.