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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fourth Sea Launch




LONG BEACH, California -- A Russian-Ukrainian rocket and its floating platform have departed for the equator to prepare for the Sea Launch venture's first liftoff since a $100 millionsatellite was destroyed.


The massive pad f a converted offshore oil rig f left Thursday and will travel 4,800 kilometers to a site 2,250 kilometers south of Hawaii. A Zenit-3SL rocket carrying a 3,600-kilogram communications satellite is scheduled to blast off July 28.


The international consortium's last launch ended minutes after liftoff March 12 when a second-stage valve failed to close. No one was injured, but the $100 million payload f a satellite for London-based ICO Global Communications f was destroyed. The problem was traced to a software glitch.