The Serhiy Prytula Charitable Foundation explained that the purchased ICEYE satellite will remain the property of Ukraine.
“According to the agreement, the Ukrainian side receives both the satellite and access to the database of the satellite constellation. When the paid period of access to the database expires, this satellite remains in full ownership of Ukraine, until the expiration of its functionality in orbit. The satellite is owned by Ukraine, and it is the Ukrainian side that determines what and when it is triggered, as well as in what format and spectrum we receive the data. That is to say, we own, manage and fully use the images of this satellite, ”says the message posted on Facebook.
The Prytula Foundation notes that the planned re-registration of the satellite in Ukraine is a legal procedure that takes “some time”.
“Owning an ICEYE satellite allows Ukraine to receive exclusive images continuously, guaranteed and 24/7 in any weather conditions, despite rain, snow, fog, smoke and dust, day and night. These images help to better plan our military operations and thus destroy the enemy more effectively,” says the Prytula Foundation.
According to the report, foreign partners provide satellite images to Ukraine, but with a delay, and “thanks to the fact that Ukraine purchased the satellite, the data transfer process from the moment the image is taken to the moment the received directly by military units is reduced to several hours”.
The satellite will be used by the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
“The satellite flies over our territory twice a day. Satellite images of the territory of our country are received only by the Ukrainian side as the owner of the satellite, so access is exclusive. When the satellite is not flying over the territory of Ukraine, we can receive data thanks to access to the SAR constellation of ICEYE satellites”, adds the fund.
On August 18 it became known that the funds raised by Sergei Prytula’s fund for the purchase of Bayraktar drones will be used to purchase a satellite and access the database of the ICEYE company. At the same time, after this announcement, many social media users were skeptical of this news. The fact of buying the satellite itself, as well as its usefulness, was questioned: they say that foreign partners already provide satellite data to Ukraine.
In June, the Serhiy Prytula Foundation announced a fundraiser for three Bayraktar drones, which were to be purchased for the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The goal was to raise 500 million UAH in a week. During the day they managed to raise 366 million, the collection lasted and on June 24 the Prytula fund raised 600 million, these funds are enough to buy four drones. Baykar subsequently announced that it would provide the drones free of charge.
Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, but failed to achieve its goals, in particular the capture of Kyiv, due to the stubborn resistance of the Ukrainians.
On April 22, Russia announced new plans for the “second phase” of a “special operation” in Ukraine (as they call a full-scale invasion). The Russian military announced its intention to establish full control over Donbass and southern Ukraine in order to provide annexed Crimea with a land corridor and gain access to Transnistria.
However, according to Western intelligence, Russian successes in the Donbass are limited and achieved at significant losses to Russian troops due to strong Ukrainian resistance.
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