Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. 24/7 Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Sea Launch Embarks on the First Mission of 2004

The Sea Launch command vessel

Long Beach - Jan 05, 2004
The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have departed Sea Launch Home Port for the launch of the Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 communications satellite. Built by Space Systems/Loral for Loral Skynet, the satellite is scheduled for launch on a Zenit-3SL vehicle, January 9, at the start of a two-hour launch window that will open at 8:02 pm PST (4:02:00 GMT, January 10).

The Sea Launch vessels are sailing from Long Beach, Calif., to the launch site on the Equator at 154 degrees West Longitude. Upon arrival, the launch team will initiate a 72-hour countdown, ballasting the Launch Platform to launch depth, and performing final tests on the rocket and spacecraft. The three-stage rocket will lift the 4694 kg (10,350 lb) spacecraft to a high perigee geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO).

This is the first of three consecutive missions Sea Launch will execute for Space Systems/Loral in 2004. Following the Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 mission, Sea Launch is scheduled to launch DIRECTV-7S and then Telstar-18.

The Sea Launch team will deliver the Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 spacecraft to GTO to support a final orbital position at 63 degrees West Longitude. The SS/L 1300 series spacecraft carries 41 Ku-band transponders with five unique and interconnecting coverage beams.

Fifty percent of the satellite's power will be dedicated to Brazil, providing a dedicated Ku-band solution for the Brazilian marketplace. The satellite's other beams will cover the Americas and the North Atlantic Ocean, where Connexion by Boeing(TM) will use the satellite to provide its Internet-to-aircraft service.

Related Links
Space Systems/Loral
Sea Launch
Search SpaceDaily
Subscribe To SpaceDaily Express

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

XTAR Selects Arianespace To Launch The XTAR-EUR Satellite
 Washington - Dec 19, 2003
XTAR, a joint venture between Loral Space & Communications and HISDESAT, S.A., announced Thursday that it has entered into an agreement with Arianespace to launch its XTAR-EUR satellite aboard an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle. The XTAR-EUR satellite is now undergoing final testing at Space System/Loral (SS/L) in Palo Alto, CA. The launch of XTAR-EUR is currently planned for early second quarter 2004.

  • Wanted: 'Space Depot' For The Rocket Builders
  • The Spaceship And The Zeppelin
  • Space Adventures Signs Two For Soyuz Taxi With Option On Two More Seats
  • Space Adventures Claims Two Soyuz Tickets Sold

  • Mars Express Orbit Lowered
  • HiRes Color Poster Tuesday: Full Panorama By Next Week
  • Spirit Now Sending Color Postcards From Mars
  • Healthy Rover Shows Its New Neighborhood On Mars

  • Sea Launch Embarks on the First Mission of 2004
  • ILS Closes out 2003 with 6 Successful Launches, 11 New Awards
  • XTAR Selects Arianespace To Launch The XTAR-EUR Satellite
  • Arianespace To Launch MSG 3

  • First Set of Images from OrbView-3 Satellite Released
  • Disaster Monitoring Constellation Partners Hold 4th Meeting
  • NASA Learning To Monitor Coral Reef Health From The Sky
  • Second GEO Meeting Highly Constructive

  • First Detection Of CO In Uranus
  • Pushing Out The Kuiper Belt
  • New Horizons Mission Team Plans Jupiter Encounter
  • Pluto Mission May Be Early Victim Of Growing Budget Crisis

  • Interstellar Hydrogen Shadow Observed For The First Time
  • Three-Ton Science Experiment To Cruise South Pole Skies For Cosmic Rays
  • NASA Selects SwRI Proposal To Study Interstellar Boundary
  • New View Of Milky Way In Gamma Rays

  • SMART-1 Chalks Up Another 2K On The Long Way To The Moon
  • Overall Status, Current Activities And Planned Activities
  • SMART-1 Is Flying At Full Speed
  • SMART-1 Is Changing Thrust Strategy To Avoid Long Eclipses

  • Digital Angel Corp Promotes Livestock Tracker In Wake Of Mad Cow
  • The Automatic Control Of Civil Engineering Machines By Satellite Navigation
  • Delta 2 Launches Last GPS Series 2R Bird
  • New Ground Moving Target Engagement System Hits Tank With JDAM

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement