Sea Launch to put U.S. telecom satellite in orbit

09:55, 12 September 2008
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On September 23 from the Pacific

The Sea Launch consortium will put a new telecommunications satellite into orbit on September 23 from its ocean-based platform in the Pacific, a company spokesperson said Friday, according to RIA Novosti.

Intelsat`s Galaxy 19 communications satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, will provide coverage in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico.

Galaxy 19 will be the fifth satellite Sea Launch has sent into orbit this year, and the 29th overall.

The Sea Launch consortium, established in 1995, is owned by Boeing, Norway`s Kvaerner ASA, Ukraine`s Yuzhnoye design bureau and Yuzhmash production association, as well as Russia`s RSC-Energia. It is the only company that launches from the Equator, which allows rockets to carry heavier payloads than from other latitudes.

RIA Novosti

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