Re: Sea Launch

Craig Cholar (3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL)
Fri, 15 May 98 11:11:43 PDT

I thought that the big advantage for Sea Launch was the equatorial
push for GEO orbits.  Since VAFB is in the polar orbit business, I'm
not sure the two launch sites are competing for the same market.  I
concede that dog-leg maneuvers won't be needed from Sea Launch,
unlike VAFB.

Does anyone have a launch manifest for Sea Launch?  The website
mentions 18 firm launches sold to date, but no details were given
about inclinations.

By the way, there's a 70% chance of favorable weather for the
Iridium launch from VAFB today at 2:28:06pm PDT.  The main concern
is ground winds, according to Florida Today Space Online.
-Craig C.

Randy John said...
>For those of you who like to watch launches from the
>comfort of your backyards I have bad news.  Starting in
>October of this year some launches will take place
>at sea (on the equator, South of Hawaii).  Those of
>you in Southern California can wave to the ship as
>it leaves Long Beach.