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That is So Cool, Ocean Rocket Launch…

A Russian booster rocket has blasted off from the Odyssey launch pad in the Pacific Ocean as part of the Sea Launch project to deliver a U.S. satellite into orbit, a spokesman for Energiya space corporation said on Sunday.

“The launch took place at 10:55 a.m. Moscow time [06:55 GMT]. The designated time for the spacecraft’s separation from the DM-SL acceleration unit is 11:25 a.m. Moscow time [07:25 GMT],” the spokesman said.

Odyssey, positioned on the equator, is a converted oil rig operated by the Swiss-based rocket company Sea Launch.

The initial launch of the spacecraft was scheduled for August 15 but it was postponed several times due to various reasons.

The 5,980 kilogram Intelsat 21 is a geostationary communications satellite built by Space Systems Loral to provide telecoms services to high-growth markets around the Pacific Rim, including Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and U.S. West Coast.

Windows to Russia…


  1. admin Post author | August 19, 2012

    MOSCOW – A Russian Zenit-3SL rocket carrying a US communications satellite was launched Sunday from a seaborne launch platform in the Pacific Ocean, Russian federal space agency Roscosmos said.

    The Intelsat-21 satellite was launched at 10:55 am Moscow time (0655 GMT) from the Odyssey floating platform, Roscosmos said.

    The 5,600-kg satellite, launched by the Sea Launch corporation, was expected to separate from the rocket at 11:25 am Moscow time (0725 GMT), it added.

    The launch was initially scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to technical problems.

    The Intelsat-21 is designed to operate for 15 years.

    Founded in 1995, the Sea Launch consortium was made up by four companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the United States, with the Russian company holding 95 percent of the shares.

  2. High Blood Pressure August 19, 2012

    Hey Windowstorussia,
    Thanks you for your post, And a giant floating platform in the bottom (for your space ship). And then you put your spaceship on the platform and open giangantic gates in the bottom of the tower. Water floods the tower causing your launch platform to rise quickly. Once the plateform reaches the highest level the spaceships rocket takes over. To reset close the gates and at your leasure pump out the ocean. You could even have solar powered pumps in wich case this would partly be a solar powered rocket.

    My original design was with a piston like device. You can see this is better because in this design the salty water tearing at the walls of the tower doesn’t matter.

    Good idea? Bad idea?
    Good Job!

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