Sea Launch

By Deane Barker on May 5, 2004

DirecTV satellite launched from Sea Launch ocean platform: Very cool

A DirecTV satellite was succesfully launched from an oceangoing platform in the equatorial Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, Sea Launch Co. said. […]

Sea Launch uses a self-propelled launch platform and a command ship that sail from Long Beach, Calif., to the equator, where the physics of Earth’s rotation allows rockets to carry heavier payloads than they could from other locations.

Here’s the official Sea Launch site with pictures of the platform.

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Comments

  1. “to the equator, where the physics of Earth’s rotation allows rockets to carry heavier payloads than they could from other locations.”

    I got to thinking about this, and essentially what they’re doing is flinging stuff off the planet aided by the rotation of the Earth. Think about it — you’re moving faster through space at the equator, since it’s the leading edge of the Earth’s rotation. What they’re doing is taking advantage of this by just chucking stuff way up in the air from this point. Right?

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