Moscow has asked the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, and Russian manufacturer RSC Energia, which holds 95 percent of Swiss-registered Sea Launch, to submit an overview of the financial situation of the maritime launch services company.
The same Zenit rocket used by Sea Launch successfully returned to flight in September with the launch of Spacecom’s Amos 4 telecommunications satellite.
Sea Launch AG will launch the AngolaSat telecommunications satellite and the Energia 100 broadband satellite aboard a Sea Launch rocket in the first half of 2016.
Sea Launch AG said it is preparing five Zenit-3SL rockets for launch in the next two years and that two of them are available for new customers seeking 2014 liftoff dates.
Eutelsat will launch its Eutelsat 3B C-, Ku- and Ka-band telecommunications satellite aboard a Sea Launch AG rocket from Sea Launch’s floating platform in the Pacific Ocean next April under a contract announced June 18 by both companies.
The Jan. 31 failure of a Sea Launch rocket that destroyed a $406 million telecommunications satellite 40 seconds after liftoff was caused by a malfunctioning hydraulic oil pump that was not built to specifications, Sea Launch President Kjell Karlsen said April 30.
Sea Launch considers the EchoStar contract a vote of confidence in its launch system.
Boeing is suing its former partners in the Sea Launch venture in an attempt to collect debt.
IS-27 loss hurts Sea Launch's return to operations after long recovery from 2007 failure.
The solar-array failure of IS-19 was caused by a defect in the SS/L-built satellite and not its Sea Launch rocket.
A Sea Launch AG Zenit-3SL rocket successfully placed the Eutelsat 70B telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit, a launch that will help Paris-based Eutelsat fuel growth in its business with the U.S. government.
Satellite fleet operator AsiaSat of Hong Kong has secured additional backup option for previously purchased launches aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket by booking a reservation with commercial launch services provider Sea Launch AG, Sea Launch and AsiaSat announced Nov. 28.
PARIS — Launch services provider Sea Launch AG is preparing to launch Eutelsat and Intelsat satellites in December and January even as it works to unravel the mystery of what caused substantial damage to a Space Systems/Loral-built Intelsat that Sea Launch orbited in May, Sea Launch President Kjell Karlsen said.
Boeing Satellite Systems recently shipped the second of four 702MP satellites it is building for Intelsat to the Long Beach, Calif., home port of Sea Launch AG in preparation for a third-quarter launch aboard a Zenit 3SL rocket, Boeing said in an Aug. 1 press release.