Sea Launch To Add Land-based Missions To Sea-based Capability
Sea Launch’s board of directors has voted to enhance the joint venture’s capabilities by offering launch services from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, in addition to its sea-based launches from the Equator. The new offering, called Land Launch, would involve collaboration between Sea Launch and Russia’s Space International Services (SIS) to carry medium-weight, commercial satellites into orbit. The Land Launch system would use a version of the Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket to lift commercial satellites in the 2,000-3,500 kilogram range to geosynchronous transfer orbit, and heavier payloads to inclined or lower orbits, company officials said. A two-stage configuration of the rocket also could launch heavy payloads or multiple payloads to low-Earth orbits. Payloads and vehicles will be processed and launched from existing Zenit facilities at the Baikonur launch site, company officials said. Sea Launch is a joint venture of Boeing [NYSE: BA], Russia’s RSC Energia, Norway’s Kvaerner and Ukraine’s SDO Yuzhnoye/PO Yuzhmash.
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