The Russian-Ukrainian missile "Zenit-3SL» with the upper stage DM-SL withdrew on Sunday European communications satellite Atlantic Bird 7 into orbit as part of the "Sea Launch» (Sea Launch), reported at Sea Launch, which was broadcast starting.
The launch of "Zenit-3SL» Ukrainian production CB "South" with the upper stage of production RSC "Energia" was carried out in 13.18 at the time the Pacific coast of the United States (00.18 MSK) with a platform in the Pacific Ocean.
Atlantic Bird 7 satellite weighing about 4.6 tons and is owned by Eutelsat designed EADS Astrium. It is expected that the satellite in geostationary orbit will last more than 15 years and will provide digital television and access to the Internet in the Middle East, north and north-west Africa. The satellite was built on the platform of Eurostar E3000, like the Russian communications satellite "Express-AM4" on board 56 Ku-band transponders.
Sea Launch international consortium was created in 1995. Originally it included a subsidiary of U.S. aerospace company Boeing (40%), the Russian Rocket and Space Corporation "Energia" (25%), the Norwegian shipbuilder Aker Solutions (20%), and the Ukrainian company "Southern" and "Pivdenmash" ( 15%).
At the end of July 2010 by the court Energia Overseas Limited (EOL), a subsidiary of the Corporation "Energia", won 95% stake in the consortium "Sea Launch», Boeing — 3% and Aker Solutions — 2%.
Until now, under the "Sea Launch" carried 30 carrier rockets "Zenit-3SL» with mobile launch platform in the Pacific Ocean, one of which was partially successful, and the two — alert.