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Russian Rocket With U.S. Satellite Crashes Into Pacific Ocean

February 01, 2013

Russian Rocket With U.S. Satellite Crashes Into Pacific Ocean

A file photo showing a Proton-M rocket of the International Launch Services blasting off from the Russian leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome during November 2010. Source: AFP via Getty Images

A Russian-Ukrainian Zenit-3SL rocket carrying a U.S. satellite crashed about 40 seconds after lifting off from a platform in the Pacific Ocean.

Sea Launch AG, a joint venture of Moscow-based Rocket & Space Corp. Energia and Boeing Co. (BA:US), are attempting to determine the cause of the crash, the company said in a statement on its website today.

“We are very disappointed with the outcome of the launch and offer our sincere regrets to our customer, Intelsat, and their spacecraft provider, Boeing,” Kjell Karlsen, president of Sea Launch, said in the statement.

The loss of the Intelsat 27 satellite follows at least four failed Russian spacecraft launches since 2010. Roscosmos, the country’s state space agency, halted launches of Proton-M rockets in August after the latest accident lost two telecommunications satellites.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Scott Rose at

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