Sea Launch returns to flight!
Sea Launch, the multinational, ocean-based launch services company, returned
to flight operations Friday with a perfect launch of the PAS-9 satellite for
PanAmSat. From the equatorial launch site the Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket
lifted off from the Odyssey Launch Platform at 3:42 p.m. Pacific time. All
systems performed nominally during flight. The 8,067-pound satellite was
successfully delivered to geostationary transfer orbit about one hour and 45
minutes after liftoff. PanAmSat acquired a signal from the satellite 25
minutes later from a ground station in Sydney, Australia.