Support The Moscow Times!

Sea Launch Back in Action

LONG BEACH, California — A communications satellite was boosted into orbit Saturday by a rocket from Sea Launch's floating pad in the equatorial Pacific, the first mission since the company ended bankruptcy protection.

The Zenit 3-SL rocket had no problems as it rose into space with the Atlantic Bird 7 satellite, according to a company web cast. The satellite will serve Eutelsat Communications's broadcasting markets across the Middle East, North Africa and Northwest Africa.

Sea Launch was formed in 1995, with Boeing a 40 percent owner among partners RSC-Energia of Moscow, Kvaerner of Oslo, Norway, and Yuzhnoye/Yuzhmash of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Sea Launch filed for Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in June 2009. It emerged in October 2010 with a new majority owner, Energia Overseas, a Russian corporation that invested well over $100 million.


Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.