Yuzhnoye SDO today

Yuzhnoye State Design Office is one of the most well-known and recognized scientific and design companies in the world in the field of space technology development. This recognition is based on the exceptional experience in space technology development, gained during almost 60 years of the company’s life and reinforced by the capability to grow in modern economic and political environment, while providing flexible response to the needs of the global space launch market. Efforts of Yuzhnoye SDO team and partner organizations have resulted in development of nine types of space launch vehicles atop of which more than 1100 spacecraft were orbited as a result of about 500 launches. Yuzhnoye is proud of a lot of successful developments of the space transportation systems, many of which became achievements at the world level. Among them is the development of the Zenit, an environmentally friendly space launch system characterized by high reliability, fully automated prelaunch operations and launch, and bull’s-eye spacecraft injection accuracy. At the moment, international cooperation is growing rapidly. Yuzhnoye takes part in the operation of the US medium-lift launch vehicle Antares to deliver cargos to the International Space Station and development of the Cyclone-4M rocket to launch the spacecraft from the territory of Canada. Yuzhnoye SDO team develops new advanced family of Mayak launch-vehicles on the basis of well-proven technologies of Zenit and Cyclone families. The Dnepr program provides an example of an unorthodox use of in-house designs: conversion of RS-20 ICBMs, designed and manufactured in Ukraine in the Soviet times, into space launch vehicles for launching commercial satellites into orbit. For more than 50 years YSDO has been developing, manufacturing and launching different purpose spacecraft. More than 400 spacecraft of 70 different types have been developed during those years. For example, in view of particular... read more