The Holding S7 Group at its official website(https://goo.gl/OcW3dmhttps://www.s7.ru/home/about/news/s7-group-pokupaet-kosmodrom-morskoy-start-) announced the signing of a contract with a group of companies Sea Launch. The contract was signed in Guadalajara (Mexico) in the framework of the International Astronautical Congress IAC 2016 and provides for the purchase of the property complex “Sea Launch”. In the announcement also was declared the intention of the new owner to output the complex from the conservation stage and to begin the launcher activity at the end of 2018.
All the property of the complex “Sea Launch” ,namely the ship Sea Launch Commander, the Odyssey platform on which are installed the equipment of the rocket segment, ground equipment in the base port Long Beach (USA) are adapted for the storing, transporting, the pre-launch service and for the launches of the carrier rocket “Zenit-3SL”. This rocket is produced at YUZHMASH.
In connection with this YUZHMASH welcomes the opportunity to resume the project “Sea Launch” in the framework of international cooperation for the peaceful exploration of space.
The successful operation of the project “Sea Launch will provide the satisfaction of increasing needs of the market launch services and correspond the interests of the majority of market participants. Also, it will ensure a fair court settlement of disputes between the founders of the project “Sea Launch”.
The project “Sea Launch” is an important component of the development strategy of Ukrainian space industry. The participation in international commercial projects will ensure the development of the Ukrainian space mechanical engineering at the expense of their own activities, without direct government funding, which it is impossible in the current circumstances.
Given the length of the production cycle of the manufacturing of the LV “Zenit”, the first products may be dispatched in the second half of 2017 if the funding will begin in October 2016. At the same time existing capacities of YUZHMASH allow to produce from 4 to 6 carrier rockets per year.
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