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A Ukrainian- Russian  Zenith-3Sl rocket carrying a US made communication satellite has failed just after launch in the Pacific Ocean.


The rocket was launched from a sea based floating launch pad, and controlled from land. It fell into the Ocean, you wouldn't want to be downrange of them would you.


 


http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/02/sea-launch-zenit-3sl-launch-intelsat-27/


 


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http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=30213.msg1007455#msg1007455


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Bad news for Sea Launch, they had only just come back out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Had to smile at the BBC piece on it - they confirmed that "no one was hurt as a result of the incident". Given that it was from an unmanned rig, 6 miles from the support vessel and it flew for 40 seconds over the open Pacific, I think that was more planning than luck!

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