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Comments on news posted 2007-01-31 12:45:22: A commercial Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket disintegrated "in a fiery catastrophe" aboard its ocean launch platform (a converted Norwegian oil-drilling rig) yesterday, destroying a sophisticated telecommunications satellite payload. ..

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brianiscool

join:2000-08-16
Tampa, FL
kudos:1

ouch

that is going to cost a bundle to repair



DrewCapu
Giant Diehard

join:2001-12-19
California

Oops!

"Oops!" has been brought to you by Erasers. Don't make a mistake without one.

Back to Square One.


JoeBubba

join:2006-11-20
Farmingdale, NY

1 recommendation

I said that we were all clear for...

..Lunch NOT Launch! Doh!



Sircolby45

join:2005-11-26

Ouch!!!

Ouch...

"Rocket explodes" ____________--
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lordfly

join:2000-10-12
Homestead, FL

Clone?

Don't most companies great a clone Satellite just for this reason? It doesn't cost much more to make a second one.



Camelot One
Premium,MVM
join:2001-11-21
Greenwood, IN
kudos:2

Who pays for this?

Is it the company who bought the sat, the company who launched (and destroyed) the sat, or are private launches like this insured?



hayabusa3303
Over 200 mph
Premium
join:2005-06-29
kudos:1

not good.

Boeing will find what happened.

Aleast its not as bad as when galaxy 4 went silent in 1998. Or when in 1999 when galaxy 10 was lost on take off.

I give boeing credit on this. Aleast it was out in the ocean and not at the cape or andrews air base where poeple could have been hurt or killed from it.



ronpin
Imagine Reality

join:2002-12-06
Nirvana

1 recommendation

reply to brianiscool

Watch here

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMG2SBwIcrM


Subaru
1-3-2-4
Premium
join:2001-05-31
Greenwich, CT
kudos:1

Glad someone got it

I thought it got in the air when it blew I did not know it was still on the platform



pnh102
Reptiles Are Cuddly And Pretty
Premium
join:2002-05-02
Mount Airy, MD

Yikes!

Oh the humanity?



ofacesig

join:2007-01-23
Coppell, TX

Satellite internet

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.


Warez_Zealot

join:2006-04-19
Vancouver

said by ofacesig:

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)
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csula

@calstatela.edu

Sat BB is crap anyway.

God has deemed that satellite broadband is shit, that's why this POS didn't make it off the pad.



captokita
Premium
join:2005-02-22
Calabash, NC

dang.....

Those "auto destruct" buttons look an awful lot like "LAUNCH" so it's easy to get the two confused.

Houston........ we have a problem.....



trancient

@verizon.net

accident or sabotage?

Me thinks our government wouldn't want those countries to have any more internet access than they really need. Or maybe none at all...

Just a conspiracy thought.



Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL
reply to Camelot One

Re: Who pays for this?

Most of the time projects like this are heavily insured.



RetroMUFC
Center Forward

join:2003-02-05
Bethel, NC
reply to trancient

Re: accident or sabotage?

You can hear the "oh no" in her voice

"go inertiaaaaaaaaal....."
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DHRacer
Tech Monkey

join:2000-10-10
Lake Arrowhead, CA

I guess this means DTV future HD not jepordized

If Christopher Lloyd is to be believed, at least this launch failure doesn't affect DTV's eventual* HD expansion.

I mean eventual with the least amount of sarcasm possible.



hambone42
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Manassas, VA
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reply to JoeBubba

Re: I said that we were all clear for...

said by JoeBubba:

..Lunch NOT Launch! Doh!
Obviously there were too many baritos on board.
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inteller
Sociopaths always win.

join:2003-12-08
Tulsa, OK

Chinese: "All Your Broadband Are belong to Us!"

Someone set us up the bomb!



captokita
Premium
join:2005-02-22
Calabash, NC
reply to RetroMUFC

Re: accident or sabotage?

said by RetroMUFC:

You can hear the "oh no" in her voice

"go inertiaaaaaaaaal....."
LOL! I thought it said "Go in ocean" when I first heard it.


BuriedCaesar
It's Not Polite To Stare.

join:2004-03-27
Richardson, TX

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reply to Subaru

Re: Glad someone got it

Looked like it never even went "up" - everything seemed to go down into the fireball. Too bad the video cut off as soon as it did. Sure would like to see the rest of it.

The engines are supposed to be on the bottom of the rocket, right?
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FicmanS
Premium
join:2005-01-11
Brownsburg, IN
reply to inteller

Re: Chinese: "All Your Broadband Are belong to Us!"

Somebody is pissed, I am guessing...



nixen
Rockin' the Boxen
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join:2002-10-04
Alexandria, VA
reply to Camelot One

Re: Who pays for this?

said by Camelot One:

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.

-tom
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Subaru
1-3-2-4
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join:2001-05-31
Greenwich, CT
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reply to BuriedCaesar

Re: Glad someone got it

said by BuriedCaesar:

The engines are supposed to be on the bottom of the rocket, right?
Yep


ropeguru
Premium
join:2001-01-25
Mechanicsville, VA

Hopefully...

We will get a moment by moment play from drjim See Profile
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kamm

join:2001-02-14
Brooklyn, NY
reply to Camelot One

Re: Who pays for this?

said by Camelot One:

Is it the company who bought the sat, the company who launched (and destroyed) the sat, or are private launches like this insured?
Dunno but it could easily be Russian - the male voice was counting back in Russian...;)
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dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
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join:2001-04-27
Phoenix, AZ
kudos:4

Idiots

Launching from an oil drigging rig. what brainiac thought of that? why not just launch from the roof of a dynamite factory?
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tcp1
Premium
join:2000-04-17
Herndon, VA

said by dvd536:

Launching from an oil drigging rig. what brainiac thought of that? why not just launch from the roof of a dynamite factory?
You're joking, right?


THZNDUP
Deorum Offensa Diis Curae
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join:2003-09-18
Lard
kudos:2
reply to dvd536

That ex-drilling platform was modified then moved to the Pacific. It wasn't used for drilling out there.

The Launch Platform—or LP—a 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 personnel—including 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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