June 14 - Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered the Ukrainian Lybid satellite payload from Montreal, Canada to Krasnoyarsk, Russia using one of its IL-77-90VD freighters.
The equipment weighed approximately 15 tonnes and was transported in a special container to protect the satellite's sensitive technology systems. A strict temperature environment had to be maintained throughout the project to prevent damage to the payload.
Volga-Dnepr conducted the flight on behalf on Canada's MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Corporation, who was awarded the contract to manufacture the satellite payload by the State Space Agency of Ukraine and Ukrkosmos - the developers and main builders of the Lybid satellite.
The unit was transported to Krasnoyarsk for test operations at the JSC Information Satellite Systems - Reshetnev Company (ISS).
When operational the Lybid satellite will be used to develop Ukraine's national system of satellite communications including television and radio broadcasting, Internet access, data transmission, telephony and videoconferencing.