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Sea Launch delivers coms satellite to orbit

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Sea Launch Successfully Delivers the Intelsat 19 Spacecraft into Orbit

BERN, Switzerland, June 01, 2012 – Sea Launch AG has successfully launched the Intelsat 19 satellite from the Equator on the ocean-based Launch Platform Odyssey, completing its eleventh mission for Intelsat S.A. and marking Sea Launch's first of three planned missions in 2012. The Zenit-3SL rocket carrying the spacecraft lifted off at 22:23 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Thursday, May 31st (05:23 UTC/GMT, Friday, June 1) from the launch platform, positioned at 154 degrees West longitude in the international waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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I once read a Clive Cussler novel about such a sea launch vessel. Just considered it fiction. He must have used this company as his inspiration as the similarities to his descriptions are spot on.

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I once read a Clive Cussler novel about such a sea launch vessel. Just considered it fiction. He must have used this company as his inspiration as the similarities to his descriptions are spot on.

Sea Launch are not the first people to launch satellites from a platform at sea. Between 1967 and 1988 US Scout rockets launched satellites from the Italian San Marco launch site, a modified oil platform, located near the Equator, off the coast of Malindi, Kenya

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