TELECOM SATELLITE LAUNCHED INTO ORBIT
LONG BEACH - 11/09/05 - Sea Launch has successfully launched an Inmarsat-4 (I-4) telecommunications satellite into a geo-synchronous transfer orbit from its ocean-going Odyssey Launch Platform.
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A ground station in British Columbia, Canada, acquired the spacecraft signal and all systems are reportedly operating nominally.
The 13,108 lb. Inmarsat-4 - shot into space aboard a Zenit-3SL rocket - is designed to support the Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) for high-speed delivery of Internet and intranet content and solutions, video-on-demand, videoconferencing, fax, e-mail, telephone, and LAN access throughout North, Central, and South America.
One of a family of three similar spacecraft, this Inmarsat-4 F2 satellite has a 13-year service life and carries a single global beam that covers up to a third of the Earth's surface, 19 wide spot beams and 228 narrow spot beams.
Sea Launch is a joint venture of four international partners - the Seattle-based Boeing Commercial Space Co.; Kvaerner ASA of Oslo, Norway; RSC-Energia, headquartered in Moscow, Russia; and SDO Yuzhnoye/PO Yuzhmashm of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.
The company began operations in 1995 to offer the international private sector the capability of launching commercial satellites into geo-synchronous orbit from a platform at sea.
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