Lybid 1


Mission typeCommunications
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerMacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, ISS Reshetnev
Launch mass1,200 kilograms (2,600 lb)
Power3 kWt
Start of mission
Launch dateTBD
RocketZenit-3F / Fregat-SB
Launch siteBaikonur
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Band24 Ku band
Coverage areaEastern Europe, parts of Asia, and the Middle East
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Lybid (Ukrainian: Либідь) is a planned Ukrainian geostationary telecommunications satellite designed as part of the National Satellite System of Ukraine.

The launch of the satellite has been repeatedly postponed (since 2011) due to various problems including: financial mismanagement, corrupt officials stealing project funds, unmet obligations to contractors and lenders, the loss of a rocket engine that went missing in transit under suspicious circumstances, and the loss of control over the satellite control center in Yevpatoria due to the Russian annexation of Crimea.[1] Currently, the satellite is stored in Russia.[2]

At the end of 2019, Volodymyr Usov, the newly appointed head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine, said the project most likely will be closed.[3]


The satellite is intended to provide services of regional and foreign television and radio broadcasting, direct television broadcasting, the provision of multimedia and Internet services, as well as data transmission, telephony, video conferencing and the Internet, based on VSAT.[4] Satellite coverage includes Eastern Europe, parts of Asia, and the Middle East.[5]

The spacecraft will have 24 Ku-band transponders installed. The power of each transponder will be 100–110 watts.


The main contractor and developer of the payload is a Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA).

Subcontractor is JSC Information Satellite Systems Reshetnev.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Savchenko, Gleb (22 October 2019). "Як 10 років запускати супутник за $300 млн і не запустити. Інструкція від України" [How to spend 10 years and $300 million to not launch a satellite: Instructions from Ukraine]. BBC News Ukrainian (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 6 November 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Украина возобновляет сотрудничество с Роскосмосом // Известия
  3. ^ Гліб Гусєв (16 December 2019). "Підприємець Володимир Усов стане головою Державного космічного агентства. Що він робитиме на цій посаді? (Спойлер: реорганізує «Південмаш» та КБ «Південне»)" [Entrepreneur Volodymyr Usov will be the head of the State Space Agency. What will he do? (Spoiler: reorganizes Yuzhmash and Yuzhnoye CB)]. theБабель (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Национальное космическое агентство Украины / Космические аппараты / Сич-2". Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
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  6. ^ "WebCite query result" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-11-10. Cite uses generic title (help)