Russian rocket with US telecoms satellite set for sea launch

MOSCOW. February 1. KAZINFORM A Russian rocket is set for a seaborne launch on Friday morning to put the U.S. Intelsat 27 telecoms satellite into orbit, a spokesman for Energiya space corporation said.

According to RIA Novosti, the launch of the Zenit-3SL rocket from the launch pad Odyssey in the Pacific Ocean has been scheduled for 10.56 a.m. Moscow time (6.55 GMT), the spokesman said.

Odyssey, positioned on the equator, is a converted oil rig operated by the Swiss-based rocket company Sea Launch.

The 6,241 kilogram Intelsat 27 is a geostationary communications satellite built by Boeing Satellite Systems Inc. to provide telecoms services to American and European customers.

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