Satellite broadband capacity has never been that great to begin with. I can understand using this capacity for the middle east and Africa. However Europe should know better.
Some eastern parts of Europe are like africa and middle east in the way of being war torn and still re-building.. So those countries would benefit from sat inet. (since there is no alternative) -- The meek shall inherit the earth but don't forget the poor are the ones who inherit the debt.
Is it the company who bought the sat, the company who launched (and destroyed) the sat, or are private launches like this insured?
Can't think of too many commercial launches that are uninsured.
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That ex-drilling platform was modified then moved to the Pacific. It wasn't used for drilling out there.
The Launch Platformor LPa former North Sea oil drilling platform, was refurbished at the Rosenberg Shipyard in Stavanger, Norway. The vessel is one of the largest semi-submersible, self-propelled vessels in the world at 436 feet long, about 220 wide, with an empty draft displacement of 30,000 tons, and a submerged draft displacement of 50,600 tons.
The Launch Platform provides accommodations for 68 crew and launch system personnelincluding living, dining, medical and recreation facilities. It is equipped with a large, environmentally controlled hangar for storage of the Sea Launch rocket during transit, and with mobile transporter/erector equipment that is used to roll out and erect the rocket in launch position prior to fueling and launch. Special facilities onboard enable the storage of rocket fuels (kerosene and liquid oxygen) sufficient for each mission.
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