Sea Launch Prepares for the Launch of Intelsat 27
Bern, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Sea Launch vessels
have departed Sea Launch Home Port in Long Beach, Calif., for the equator, in
preparation for the launch of the Intelsat 27 satellite. Liftoff is scheduled
for 22:56 Pacific Standard Time on January 30, 2013 (06:56 UTC, on January
31st) at the opening of the 58-minute launch window.
Upon their arrival at the launch site at 154 degrees West longitude, the Sea
Launch team will initiate a 72-hour countdown. After ballasting the launch
platform Odyssey to launch depth, the team will roll out and erect a Zenit-3SL
rocket on the launch pad, execute final tests and proceed with fueling
operations and launch. Prior to fueling, all personnel on the launch platform
will transfer to the Sea Launch Commander for the duration of the mission. The
team monitors both marine and launch operations remotely from the ship,
positioned about four miles up range of the platform.
On launch day, the Zenit-3SL vehicle will lift the 6,215-kilogram (13,702
lbs.) Intelsat 27 spacecraft into geosynchronous transfer orbit. Based on the
Boeing 702MPmid-level power platform, Intelsat 27 is designed to provide 15
or more years of satellite service. The satellite will support customers in
North America, South America, the Atlantic Ocean region and Europe, and will
host a UHF communications payload for use in military applications. The
launch will mark Intelsat's completion of the world's first global broadband
mobility platform, which will provide uninterrupted connectivity to customers
at sea, on land and in the air.
Intelsat 27 will be located at the 304.5 degrees East orbital position
currently occupied by Intelsat 805 and Galaxy 11.
About Sea Launch AG
Sea Launch AG, headquartered in Bern, Switzerland, provides launch solutions
to the industry's satellite operator community based on the Zenit launch
system. These services include the provision of all-inclusive launch services
incorporating schedule assurance, financing, risk management; insurance and
creative contracting solutions to meet the changing demands of the commercial
launch market. Sea Launch AG owns and manages the primary technology, patent
and other intellectual property and tangible assets of the company. These
include the launch platform Odyssey and the Sea Launch Commander vessels
located in the Home Port facility in Long Beach, California, and the unique
know-how associated with launching satellites from an ocean-based launch
platform located directly on the equator. The Sea Launch system offers the
most direct and cost-effective route to geostationary orbit for commercial
communications satellites, providing diversity of supply, affordability and
flexibility for the industry's satellite operators. For more information,
please visit the Sea Launch website at: www.sea-launch.com.
CONTACT: Peter Stier
+1 (562) 499-4726
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