Prytula Foundation purchases satellite access for the Armed Forces for $16 million

18 August, 07:43 PM
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Serhiy Prytula Charitable Foundation bought full access to a satellite for $16 million, collected as part of the People's Bayraktar project, the Foundation said in a statement on their Facebook page on Aug. 18.

An agreement with Finnish satellite company ICEYE will provide the Ministry of Defense with full access to all the capabilities of one of its satellites, which is already in orbit in this region, the Foundation said.

This will allow the Armed Forces to obtain satellite imagery of critical areas at a high frequency.

“Ukrainians, you are amazing!” said Serhiy Prytula, founder of the Foundation.

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ICEYE has the most advanced radar satellite imagery technology to date. This agreement is a serious step in meeting the critical needs of the Ukrainian government for surveillance data and significant assistance to our Armed Forces.”

Prytula, a Ukrainian TV presenter, together with Ukrainian blogger Ihor Lachenkov, raised the $16 million in just three days, originally to purchase three Bayraktar drones – but the raised money was enough for four.

The Bayraktar company stated on Twitter that it would not accept payment for these Bayraktar TB2 drones, and would send three of them to Ukraine for free.

Earlier, Turkey decided to transfer another Bayraktar drone to Ukraine free of charge, for which Lithuanian journalist Andrius Tapinas had managed to raise $5 million.

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