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Today will launch the Arabic satellite program "Sea Launch"

January 15 2008
02:48

The first launch after a crash of the Russian-Ukrainian rocket Zenit-3SL "with the telecommunications satellite Thuraya-3 on the program" Sea Launch is scheduled for Tuesday.

"Company" Sea Launch continues to prepare for the launch of Thuraya-3 satellite, scheduled for 11:49 GMT on 15 January (14:49 GMT), "- said in a statement posted on its Web site.

Initially, the launch of Arab satellite breaded on November 13 last year, but due to unrest in the equatorial Pacific and the powerful winds that plagued the floating launch platform Odyssey to find stability, launch was rescheduled for January.

The current launch is the first after the accident, the carrier rocket Zenit-3SL "January 30, 2007. Then the rocket failed to launch a multi-Dutch telecommunications satellite NSS-8 company NewSkies (Netherlands). In the first minute of flight the booster fell into the Pacific Ocean.

It was the 24 th running of the Sea Launch program "and the second failed. According to the findings of intergovernmental Ukrainian-Russian commission to investigate the incident, the cause of the accident was the failure of the first stage engine RD-171M, which occurred due to fire due to accidental introduction of metallic foreign particles in the pump motor.

Carrier rocket Zenit-3SL "with the spacecraft Thuraya-3 will start from an offshore platform" Odyssey "from the Pacific. The first and second stage of the rocket will separate from the apparatus with the upper stage, respectively, two and a half and eight and a half minutes after launch. Both steps would fall into the ocean. After that the inclusion of engine upper stage DM, who will lead five-ton satellite Thuraya-3 on target geosynchronous orbit 35 thousand miles. The service life of the satellite will be about 12 years, according to the website of Sea Launch.

The company Thuraya provides mobile services in the region, the territory of which 2.3 billion people live: the Middle East, North and Central Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Spacecraft Thuraya-3 enhance the ability of the satellite constellation and will increase the coverage area of mobile communications in the Asia-Pacific region, the report said.

Earth's orbit is two spacecraft company Thuraya. Both men were taken into space on the Sea Launch program. Sea Launch Company was founded in 1995. Its founders are the Boeing Commercial Space Company (Seattle, USA, 40% of shares), RSC Energia (Korolev, Russia, 25% of the shares), Kvaerner Maritimea.s. (Oslo, Norway, 20% stake), state Yuzhnoye and PO Yuzhmash (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, 15% of shares), reports news agency Interfax .

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