September 8, 2008

Next Sea Launch Takeoff Scheduled for Late September

MOSCOW. Sept 8 (Interfax-AVN) - The U.S. telecom satellite Galaxy- 19 will be put into orbit on September 23 under the Sea Launch program.

"The high-power satellite will service clients in North America, Central America and the Caribbean," the Sea Launch Company website said.

The satellite will join the Intelsat cluster. The previous Intelsat satellite was also delivered to orbit by a Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey launch platform.

The Galaxy-19 will be the fifth satellite sea-launched this year. The Arabic Thuraya-D3 was launched on January 15, and the U.S. DirecTV-11 was launched on March 20. The Galaxy-18 was put into orbit on May 21 after repeated weather delays. The U.S. EchoStar XI was successfully launched on July 16.

The Sea Launch Company was formed in 1995 by Boeing Commercial Space Company of Seattle, USA (40%), RSC-Energia of Moscow, Russia (25%); Kvaerner Maritimea.s of Oslo, Norway (20%); and SDO Yuzhnoye/ PO Yuzhmash of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (15%).

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