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Ukraine Delivers Taurus II Launch Vehicle's First Stage To US

Wallops Flight Facility.
by Staff Writers
Kiev, Ukraine (XNA) Nov 19, 2010
Ukraine has delivered the first stage of the Taurus II launch vehicle to the United States, a step forward in a NASA- funded Taurus II program, the design company said Wednesday.

"The assembly of the basic part of the first stage of the booster was completed in October. The cargo left the port in Mykolaiv region for the Wallops Flight Facility," the design company Yuznoe said.

Preparations for production of the second stage of the Taurus II launch vehicle have already been started, the company said.

Eight launches valued at 1.9 billion U.S. dollars are to be conducted.

Yuzhnoye and another Ukranian company, Yuzhmash, in 2008 signed a long-term contract with U.S. Orbital Sciences Corp. on cooperation in producing Taurus-II rockets until 2019.

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