View Full Version : Discussion: Sea Launch Heads Out

2003-Aug-01, 08:06 PM
SUMMARY: The Odyssey platform and Sea Launch Commander departed home port in California to make the journey down to the Earth's equator in the Pacific Ocean. This time Sea Launch will loft the EchoStar IX/Telstar 13 broadcast satellite on board a Zenit-3SL rocket. The two-hour launch window is scheduled to begin on August 8 at 0331 GMT (11:31 pm EDT).

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Kevin Milburn
2003-Aug-04, 12:31 AM
You've really got to have a set of nerves to work on a bird at sea.

Even though the support crew are removed before the rocket has its propellant transfered, it's still got to be a risky business.

It's an interesting solution to cheaper launches though. I wonder why NASA didin't employ this method?

2003-Aug-04, 05:21 AM
I keep planning to write a story about Sea Launch. Of course... that would mean going on a mission some time. :-)