Sea Launch conducts satellite launch for Intelsat

Aug 19, 2012

(AP) — A rocket carrying an Intelsat satellite has successfully lifted off from the oceangoing Sea Launch platform on the equator.

A Sunday statement from Sea Launch AG said the rocket took off from the Pacific Ocean platform Odyssey at 11:55 p.m. PDT Saturday.

Thirty minutes after the launch, the 13,188-pound (5,980-kilogram)satellite named Intelsat 21 was in geosynchronous orbit.

Built by Boeing Satellite Systems Inc., the will serve North America, South America and Europe.

The Odyssey platform and the control ship sail from their homeport in Long Beach, Calif., to take advantage of physics that allow a to more easily carry a payload to orbit from the equator.

Sea Launch is now headquartered in Switzerland.

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5 / 5 (1) Aug 19, 2012
They put more than six tons into geosync orbit in 30 minutes?

not rated yet Aug 19, 2012
"Thirty minutes after the launch, the 13,188-pound (5,980-kilogram)satellite named Intelsat 21 was in geosynchronous orbit."

This is incorrect. The satellite was inserted into geosynchronous *transfer* orbit.

The rocket was a Zenit 3SL, which is not capable of delivering that much weight into GEO directly, only GTO.
not rated yet Aug 20, 2012
Why would SeaLaunch headquarter itself in a land locked country like Switzerland?
not rated yet Aug 20, 2012
Why would SeaLaunch headquarter itself in a land locked country like Switzerland?

Who knows how they ended up there. They started out registered in the Cayman Islands. Now they are mostly owned by Energia, based in Russia. They went bankrupt in 2009 and they are just now recovering. The former president of Sealaunch now works for SpaceX.

The really funny part is that they intend to switch over to land based launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome.

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