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Spaceport resurrects Sea Launch concept

Once upon a time there was Sea Launch, a US/Norway/Russia/Ukraine consortium that used a converted oil-rig plus a support ship, to equatorially launch rockets and their satellites from the sea and using Zenit rockets. Sea Launch operated from 1999 to 2014 and successfully launched 32 rockets, although suffered a total of three complete failures and […]

May 24, 2023

Sea Launch modernisation starts soon

Russian space agency Roscosmos says the modernisation of the Sea Launch rocket platform will start in November. Sea Launch is now based in the Russian Far East and Roscosmos director general Dmitry Rogozin says the reconstruction of the launch platform also meant that other problems including legal issues needed to be solved. Rogozin made his […]

September 16, 2020

Sea Launch will cost $500m to refurbish

It will cost almost $500 million to refurbish the Sea Launch floating rocket launch platform according to reports. Russia’s deputy prime minister, Yuri Borisov, recalled that before the floating spaceport left its port at Long Beach, California, the US – in accordance with its laws – removed all equipment from the command ship and the […]

August 26, 2020By Chris Forrester