U.S. communications satellite lost in failed Russian launch
FILE - FILE - This photo March 19, 2008, provided by the Sea Launch Co. shows a Zenit-3SL rocket carrying a Boeing-built DirecTV 11 satellite launched into orbit from a platform located on the equator in the Pacific Ocean. (AP Photo/Sea Launch, File)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 1, 2013 6:16AM EST
MOSCOW -- Sea Launch AG says a U.S. communications satellite was lost after a booster rocket carrying it into space failed shortly after its launch from a floating platform in the Pacific.
The company said in a statement Friday the Intelsat 27 satellite was lost 40 seconds after the launch due to the failure of the Zenit-3SL rocket. The Boeing. Co-built spacecraft was launched Thursday from the Odyssey ocean platform.
Sea Launch AG President Kjell Karlsen said the cause of the failure is unknown and the company is working to evaluate it.
An affiliate of Russia's RKK Energia state-controlled rocket manufacturer owns 95 per cent of stock in Sea Launch, with the remainder being held indirectly by Boeing Co. and Norwegian Aker ASA. The Zenit booster is manufactured by Ukraine's Yuzhmash rocket plant.