...something almost immediately went wrong with the launch, and the three-stage rocket appeared to fly off course before its RD-171 main engine switched off about 25 seconds after liftoff, apparently as a safety measure.[...] the three-stage launcher, flying uncontrolled and unpowered, hit the water near the Odyssey platform. No injuries or damage to Sea Launch's ground equipment were reported
Is this the end for SeaLaunch? Sad, because I quite liked the concept... financially sustainable or not.
Areopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1356 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1996 times:
Quoting jollo (Reply 4): Anyone knows what else is booked to fly with SeaLaunch?
Well, that same Spaceflight Now story says:
Quote: But the launch services firm, which broke into the market in 1999, had no specific satellites assigned to its rockets after Intelsat 27. It has an agreement with AsiaSat of Hong Kong as a backup launch provider for one of two AsiaSat payloads booked to fly on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.
Intelsat 27 being the one they just dropped into the drink. So it looks pretty grim. What customer will want to sign up now for their next flight?