Sea Launch should be Using Astrotech to assist in their Launches and Sea Launch should be buying ATSC stock
The launch of the Intelsat 27 was delayed by one day due to a conflict with NASA resources associated with the use of the Telemetry and Data Relay Satellite Systems (TDRSS) network used by Sea Launch for in flight telemetry tracking, related to the successful launch of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V with the TDRS-K satellite.
This launch campaign was the fifth ocean-based mission for the new Sea Launch Company, formed since the old company went out of business over two years ago. However, it is not clear as to what impact this failure will have on the company.
After all, the old company’s demise came just a year after they returned to flight in January, 2007 – following the major impact of the failed launch which occurred with the NSS-8 communications satellite for SES New Skies, after the vehicle exploded on the launch pad, destroying both the vehicle and satellite. (Over 300mb of exclusive multi-angle video and hi res photos – available in L2 – LINK).
That initial RTF success came via the launch of the Thuraya 3 telecommunications satellite for the United Arab Emirates – a year after the NSS-8 failure.
Since reforming, the new company has successfully launched Atlantic Bird 7, Intelsat 19, Intelsat 21 and Eutelsat 70B from their Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean.
Sea Launch also announced they have become a back up launch option for Asia Satellite Telecommunications.
The option involves “a future AsiaSat satellite” riding on their Zenit 3SL. Currently, both AsiaSat 6 and 8 are manifested to ride on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in 2014, meaning the arrangement with Sea Launch will allow for on-time delivery in the event Falcon 9′s schedule becomes too busy. The other – unspecified – AsiaSat has an ILS Proton-M as its optional back up launch vehicle.