Tuesday, May 01, 2007

OT: Sea Launch Back in Business

It appears that Sea Launch is back in business or will soon be. It filed for the obligatory experimental licenses to test the Thuraya D3 satellite prior to encapsulation and before sailing to the launch site. The tests will be conducted between July 01, 2007 and January 01, 2008. The satellite is manufactured by Space Systems Loral.

Sea Launch launched all four of XM's satellites. Sea Launch experienced an "anomaly" during the launch of the NSS-8 on January 30, 2007, the next launch after launching XM's last satellite. Put another less delicate way, the Sea Launch Zenit-3SL vehicle blew up on the platform. Sea Launch is now in a recovery mode.

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