Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Sea Launch Updates Platform Status Following Jan. 30 Failure

Following the unsuccessful launch of the NSS-8 spacecraft from its Odyssey Platform in the equatorial Pacific on January 30, Sea Launch issued a preliminary assessment. The Odyssey Launch Platform has sustained limited damage. The integrity and functionality of essential marine, communications and crew support systems remains intact. The vessel is operating on its own power and is currently manned by the full marine crew. The Commander ship was not damaged during the launch attempt, as it was positioned four miles from the Launch Platform at the time of lift-off.

The Sea Launch partners will be conducting an independent investigation to review relevant data, determine root cause, and develop recommendations for corrective actions. In accordance with established procedures, Sea Launch is establishing a Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) to review the partners' findings, conclusions and recommendations.


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