Satellite Technology Feature Article
Sea Launch to Provide Backup Launch Services for AsiaSat
By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor
Sea Launch AG (Sea Launch), which provides launch solutions to the industry's satellite operator community based on the venerable Zenit launch system, will provide backup launch services for AsiaSat.
Sea Launch and AsiaSat have already entered into an option agreement covering launch services utilizing the Sea Launch Zenit 3SL launch system.
Officials with Sea Launch said the agreement provides an option which AsiaSat may exercise for the launch of a future AsiaSat satellite on Sea Launch.
Sea Launch will provide AsiaSat with an integrated schedule assurance plan in support of AsiaSat's satellite deployment plan.
"We are very pleased to build upon our relationship with AsiaSat with this very important agreement" Kjell Karlsen, president of Sea Launch, said in a statement.
“Through the continued support of RSC Energia, Sea Launch has launched four times in the past year and we continue to build momentum and execute on our business plan," said Sergey Gugkaev, chief executive officer at Sea Launch.
AsiaSat is pleased to secure this launch option with Sea Launch to ensure the timely deployment of the satellites, according to William Wade, president and chief executive officer at AsiaSat.
"Sea Launch has demonstrated its flexibility in meeting the needs of our future launch requirements and we look forward to closely working with their teams moving ahead," he said.
Recently, Sea Launch announced that the Sea Launch vessels have departed Sea Launch Home Port in Long Beach, Calif., for the equator, in preparation for the launch of the EUTELSAT 70B satellite for Eutelsat (News - Alert), one of the world's leading satellite operators.
Liftoff is planned for 12:43:55 PST on Sunday, December 2 (20:43:55 UTC/GMT, 21:43:55 CET), at the opening of a 54-minute launch window.
Upon its arrival at the launch site at 154 degrees West longitude, the Sea Launch team will initiate a 72-hour countdown. After ballasting the launch platform Odyssey to launch depth, the team will roll out and erect a Zenit-3SL rocket on the launch pad, execute final tests and proceed with fueling operations and launch.
Prior to fueling, all personnel on the launch platform will transfer to the Sea Launch Commander for the duration of the mission. The team monitors both marine and launch operations remotely from the ship, positioned about four miles away from the platform.
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Edited by Braden Becker