Thursday, February 01, 2007
Following the dramatic explosion and destruction of its Zenit-3SL rocket and the NSS-8 spacecraft it carried, Sea Launch has released a statement claiming its floating Odyssey Launch Platform, though sustaining limited damage is seaworthy and supporting a full crew.
It also said it has received the full support of its customers and the "insurance community" regarding its track record of success and safety.
What exactly caused the calamity has yet to be determined, though a story at Spaceflight Now seems to indicate the rocket fell over immediately after engine ignition...
Posted by Jerry Battiste at 7:25 PM