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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sea Launch Date Set

KIEV -- The Boeing-led Sea Launch consortium will hold its delayed first demonstration satellite launch March 14, and sees commercial launches beginning shortly after, a project participant said Friday.

"Ukrainian producers have already assembled six Zenit-type booster rockets, and the first two have already been delivered," Olexander Serdyuk, a department head at Ukraine's National Space Agency, said at a news conference. Sea Launch, a project with U.S., Russian, Norwegian and Ukrainian partners, aims to specialize in the commercial launches of telecommunications satellites off sea platforms, a less expensive method than land-based launching sites.