Sea Launch’s mobile Odyssey launchpad was loaded onto a cargo ship, the Xin Guang Hua, for transport from California.
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After completing the purchase of Sea Launch in April, S7 Group now views expendable rockets as uncompetitive.
After steering Sea Launch into the hands of a new owner, chief executive Sergey Gugkaev will leave the company to look for a new role elsewhere in the space industry.
A Zenit rocket, flying for the first time in two years, successfully orbited Angola’s debut satellite Angosat-1 on Dec. 26.
Energia announced last September it was selling Sea Launch to the S7 Group, a Russian company whose holdings include an airline.
The company's chief executive said a final agreement to settle a suit should be signed soon.
Boeing and a Russian company it was once partners with on the Sea Launch joint venture are in discussions about a settlement to a long-running legal dispute, a deal that could involve cooperation on future projects.
A U.S. District Court has ruled in favor of Boeing and against its Russian and Ukrainian partners in the Sea Launch commercial-launch company, saying the partners breached their contract obligations by not reimbursing Boeing their share of Sea Launch expenses.
A U.S. District Court is expected to rule early this fall whether Boeing’s attempt to collect $356 million from its Russian and Ukrainian former partners in the Sea Launch commercial-launch company is an open-and-shut case of contract breach or something more complicated, as the defendants claim.
Sea Launch said it has begun a broad cost-cutting initiative to carry it through a gap in launches that the company hopes will end sometime in 2015 or 2016.
Nearly 16 months after a launch failure, Sea Launch, returned to flight and wants the commercial market to view it as back in business.
A Sea Launch-3SL rocket placed Eutelsat 3B into geostationary transfer orbit.
Boeing’s petition to a Swedish court to rule on Boeing’s attempt to collect $356 million in back bills from its former Russian and Ukrainian partners has been rejected.
Built by Airbus Defence and Space of Europe, Eutelsat 3B is based on the Eurostar 3000 platform and features Ku-, C- and Ka-band payloads,