Skip to comments.Russian rocket carrying U.S. satellite plunges into Pacific Ocean 40 seconds after launch
Posted on 02/01/2013 6:16:52 AM PST by Hoodat
The launch of a Russian rocket carrying an American communications satellite ended in disaster today after it plunged into the sea 40 seconds after blast-off.
Grainy footage of the launch being streamed online was cut shortly after 6.56am GMT when the space-bound vessel got into trouble.
The Swiss-based Sea Launch company sent up their Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean on Friday.
However, the vessel along with its Intelsat 27 telecommunications satellite inside - suffered a failure during the first stage of its flight.
It is claimed the rockets engines shut off stopped automatically because its trajectory was wrong.
Odyssey sits on the equator and is a launch pad made from a converted oil rig.
A team control its flight from a boat six kilometres away. A team is now searching for the downed rocket. . .
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They probably don’t have a muslim outreach program. It’s no wonder their rockets crash into the ocean.
Isn’t Obamunism great??
How much was the insurance on the satellite? Did it also have a loss of income clause in which the fees charged by the satellite company that are lost are covered?
What is the financial situation of the company that was to own and own and operate the satellite? Was it funded by the US Government in any respect?
How far in advance of the launch was it paid for? Did the Russians guarantee their product?
What was it to be used for any be whom?
Are the launchers to be responsible?
I would sure like to follow the money trail on this one.
Rockets into space have been around a long time.
What was the defect?
I smell one big rat on this one and it has Mideast chicanery written all over it.
And, if it were my satellite, I'd be right there watching them pick up the pieces from the ocean floor while I watched ;-)
Did I read that right, they launched it from a platform IN the ocean? Why would they do that?
Surely comrade you know this was an accident! Or do you want a visit from Comrade Cousin Borislav and his friend Comrade Moose of the KGB?
Low earth orbit is about 8 Km/sec. If you launch from latitude 45 degrees, your initial orbit has an inclination of 45 degrees. When your rocket crosses the equator you need to have a burn to change your inclination to 0 degrees. From 45 to 0 degrees takes 6 Km/sec of delta V. So from the equator it takes 8 Km/sec, and from 45 degrees it takes 14 Km/sec. That is 75% more energy to lift the same amount of stuff...
excellent response, Thank you.
... an Iranian space-monkey wrench was found in the wreckage.
SEALAUNCH. How much business does SEALAUNCH do these days? As for the destroyed rocket, I wonder if the sat is still sitting someplace being scrutinized and all that was lost was the rocket. CONSPIRACY ALERT!!!! LOL!
Based on the Boeing 702MP satellite bus, Intelsat 27 was designed to provide fifteen or more years of service to Intelsat customers in North America, South America, the Atlantic Ocean region and Europe. The spacecraft had a mass of 6,241 kilograms (13,760 lb), and was equipped with 20 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders for commercial users, as well as 20 UHF transponders for military use. Originally intended for the United States Navy, the UHF payload was to have been leased to the government of Italy following the US Department of Defense withdrawing. The satellite would have been positioned at 55.5° West in geostationary orbit, co-located with Intelsat 805 and Galaxy 11.
Yep - never trust the placement of a satellite to a country who has no reason to want it to be placed. We probably paid up front with no guarantees (self-insured via the tax payers).
Because it's obviously much more stable than launching from the ground! And it has the added benefit of making it much harder for others to keep an eye on what you're doing out there ;-)
Ran outta gas?
And this is our only mechanism for reaching the space station! Thanks Obama.
Thanks to Martin Schweiger and his excellent simulator Orbiter, I understood every bit of what you said. Good post! =D
SeaLaunch had another dramatic failure exactly six years ago when a rocket blew up right on the launch rig. It took quite a lot of work and time to fix the damage to the rig and their reputation. This won't help with the reputation part.
Generally there is lots of denials of responsibility and finger-pointing when there is any problem. There will be a thorough investigation of all of the data that will point to some one party (probably Russian). Then they will say that they've fixed the problem and try to get on with planned future launches.
MSNBC blaming it on Republicans in 3...2...1...
OK with what you wrote...made my head hurt...wouldn’t a bigger rubber band work? Just askin’.
Da, I know it was an accident, but with Moose and Squirrel snooping around, Natasha and Boris Badinov are always getting into trouble. One must be careful with our accidents.
I’ve been sayin’ that E85 is no good for engines...
I’ve been sayin’ that E85 is no good for engines...
Wonder if they had flight insurance.....
You’re probably right. This Satellite is in someone’s clean bay being dissected as we speak.
P.S. We should rig these Satellites with explosives for this very reason. Try to disassemble and BLAM!!
The Earth spins at its fastest rate at the equator, about 1000 mph.
If you launch to the east, your satellite gets a gravity assist in reaching orbital speed of about 17,000 mph.
This means you can launch more weight with less rocket fuel or a less powerful rocket.
Unfortunately, launching a rocket from the ocean, many miles from shore, is a daunting logistical and engineering challenge all by itself.
Vive la France. They have impressive facilities in French Guiana. (Remember Devil's Island?) How come they ain't doing the deal. BTW, the food is fabulous there.