19. 05. 2017 12:30
The first Slovak satellite skCUBE should take off for space in early June, representatives of the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA), which is in charge of the project's implementation, told a news conference in Bratislava on Thursday. Its launch has been repeatedly put off due to problems with the American Falcon 9 rocket. This time it is planned from the Indian Sriharikota cosmodrome. "We were offered to fly on the Indian PSLV-XL rocket with C38 being the number of the flight. We decided to make use of this offer, as SOSA has been working on this project with its partners since 2011 and it has been waiting to launch to space for more than a year," said skCUBE project leader and SOSA vice-chairman Jakub Kapuš. He said that the Indian space agency ISRO recently became known thanks to its previous flight, C37, which concurrently ejected 104 satellites into Earth's orbit in February.