Intelsat 27 Sea Launch rocket fails

Sea LaunchWATCH VIDEO. Intelsat has said that the launch of the Intelsat 27 satellite failed. A commercial Sea Launch rocket failed 40 seconds after liftoff from its floating launch platform in the Pacific Ocean

A Zenit 3SL launch vehicle was carrying the satellite built by Boeing. Intelsat 27 was to operate from 304.5 degrees East, an orbital location currently occupied by Intelsat 805 and Galaxy 11. The satellite is designed to serve customers in North America, South America, the North Atlantic and Europe.

Sea Launch will establish a failure review oversight board to determine the cause of the failure. Service to customers on Intelsat 805 and Galaxy 11 will not be interrupted as a result of the failed launch. Intelsat said it “is committed to working with its customers to identify the most appropriate solutions for service continuity.” The satellite and launch were fully insured.

“We are clearly disappointed with the outcome of the launch. The cause of the failure is unknown, but we will work closely with our launch and manufacturing partners to determine the necessary next steps,” said Intelsat CEO David McGlade, in a statement.

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

“The cause of the failure is unknown, but we are evaluating it and working closely with Intelsat, Boeing, Energia Logistics Ltd. and our Zenit-3SL suppliers. We will do everything reasonably possible to recover from this unexpected and unfortunate event.”