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In the Pacific, completed preparations for the Sea Launch

July 15 2008

On a floating platform Odyssey and the command ship completed prelaunch to be held on Wednesday morning launch of the Russian-Ukrainian rocket Zenit-3SL "with an American spacecraft EchoStar XI to the Sea Launch program.

Start planned to make on July 16 at 9:21 am Moscow time, "- said the Mission Control Center. Start will be produced from a floating platform Odyssey in the equatorial Pacific. Two minutes after launch, said in a message posted on the website of Sea Launch, there will be separation of the first stage Zenit-3SL ". After another six minutes of flight separation occurs the second stage rocket from the EchoStar XI satellite, with the upper stage DM. Due to the inclusion of two engines, "DM" spacecraft will be launched into the target orbit at an altitude of 36 thousand kilometers.

Five-ton satellite EchoStarXI made U.S. Space Systems / Loral (SS / L). The satellite will join orbital DISH Network Corporation and will become the third satellite launched by Sea Launch program "in the interests of the corporation, which provides satellite television services 14 million customers.

EchoStar will be the fourth unit, which will be launched into orbit by Sea Launch program "this year. January 15 in space was launched on Arabic satellite Thuraya-D3, and March 20 by Zenit-3SLB "was put into orbit an American spacecraft DirecTV-11. May 21, after repeatedly postponed due to weather conditions was launched telecommunications apparatus Galaxy-18.

According to the company "Sea Launch" program launches for 2008 provides for six launches from sea launch platform and the three start-up under the project "Land Launch from Baikonur. The first ground-based launch of the Zenit-3SLB "satellite Amos-3 carried out in April.

The company "Sea Launch" (Sea Launch) was established 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 IA " Interfax ".

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