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Turbo-Pump Responsible For Sea Launch Failure

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:42 pm
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The Sea Launch launch failure at January 30, 2007 was due to a malfunctioning of the oxidiser turbo-pump that led to an engine shutdown. The investigation board came to the conclusion that foreign metal objects caused that turbo-pump failure.

The Zenit-3SL should have launched the NSS-8 telecommunications satellite but the launch vehicle fell back into the flame duct after only fractions of a second. This destroyed not only the launcher with its payload but caused also some damage to the Odyssee launch platform.

With the reason now known, Sea Launch is confident to return to flight in 2007. If that launch will carry a operational satellite by a customer or only a demonstration payload is still open.

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