July 2, 2008

Zenit Lv Takeoff Under the Sea Launch Program Slated for July 16

MOSCOW. July 2 (Interfax-AVN) - The Sea Launch consortium has slated the takeoff of the Zenit-3SL launch vehicle with the U.S. EchoStar XI satellite from a floating platform in the Pacific for the morning of July 16.

"The takeoff is planned for 9:21 a.m. Moscow time," Interfax was told at flight control.

The five-tonne EchoStar XI is designed to replenish the satellite fleet of DISH Network Corporation. It will become the third satellite to be launched under the Space Launch program for a corporation that offers satellite broadcasting services to 14 million clients.

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