jollo
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Yet Another SeaLaunch Failure, Intelsat 27 Lost

Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:56 pm

Aw, come on! It's been three days and nobody started a thread yet? Isn't this supposed to be MilAv & Space?  

Here's an article on SpaceFlightNow.

Quote:

...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.

[Edited 2013-02-04 10:27:21]
 
zanl188
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RE: Yet Another SeaLaunch Failure, Intelsat 27 Lost

Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:34 pm

I'd love to see pix or video of this one....
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RE: Yet Another SeaLaunch Failure, Intelsat 27 Lost

Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:52 pm

Quoting jollo (Thread starter):
Is this the end for SeaLaunch?

This was launch #35

The first failure in six years, and 10 successful launches.

Yes, four failures out of 35 is an 11% failure rate.
 
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RE: Yet Another SeaLaunch Failure, Intelsat 27 Lost

Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:27 am

I don't see this as a reason to call SeaLaunch a failure at all. Land based rockets fail all the time.
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RE: Yet Another SeaLaunch Failure, Intelsat 27 Lost

Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:34 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 1):
I'd love to see pix or video of this one....

If you follow the link in the OP you'll find a video of the entire flight. After 15 seconds it's already obvious to the naked eye that something is amiss...

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 2):
The first failure in six years, and 10 successful launches.

Yes but... also the first launch failure after the spectacular one that pushed SeaLaunch into bankruptcy, debt restructuring, Boeing bailing out, etc.

Quoting NBGSkyGod (Reply 3):
I don't see this as a reason to call SeaLaunch a failure at all

A failure isn't reason enough per se, but an empty launch backlog is... Anyone knows what else is booked to fly with SeaLaunch?
 
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RE: Yet Another SeaLaunch Failure, Intelsat 27 Lost

Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:05 pm

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?
 
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RE: Yet Another SeaLaunch Failure, Intelsat 27 Lost

Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:10 pm

Quoting Areopagus (Reply 5):
Quoting jollo (Reply 4):
Anyone knows what else is booked to fly with SeaLaunch?

Well, that same Spaceflight Now story says:

I meant besides what's written in the article (hoping to hear otherwise).

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