Sea Launch Announces Findings Behind Most Recent Failure

Photo Credit: Sea Launch

Commercial space firm Sea Launch has announced the company’s findings into the Feb. 1, 2013, failure of Sea Launch’s Zenit 3SL rocket. According to Sea Launch, the rocket and its payload were lost due to a faulty hydraulic pump.

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Failure to Sea Launch: Zenit 3SL Racks Up Another Loss - UPDATE

Photo Credit: Sea Launch

On Friday, February 1, a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket experienced a malfunction shortly after lift-off that caused the rocket’s engine to shut down. This resulted in both the launch vehicle and its Intelsat 27 payload to fall into the ocean. Launch occurred on the Odyssey Launch Platform at 1:56 […]

Opinion: A Roar, a Whimper and a Grunt: Russia’s Ill-Fated Love Affair with Mars

Many are saying that Phobos-Grunt failure marks the final sunset of Russia's Mars aspirations. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Texas A&M/Cornell

As Russia’s ill-fated Phobos-Grunt mission plunged Earthward and burned in the dense atmosphere, high above the eastern Pacific, near the coast of Chile, its demise was another brutal reminder that space exploration is neither […]