Sea Launch - ODYSSEY
Home Port - Long Beach, California



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Sea Launch established its U.S. home port in Long Beach, California, near satellite manufacturers and aerospace and maritime supply companies. Launches are conducted from international waters in the Pacific off Long Beach. Mission planning, management, and payload processing facilities are in the home port which also provides dockside moorage for the two specialized ships that are at the heart of the Sea Launch operation. Boeing Commercial Space Company, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company of Seattle, Washington, was responsible for overall program management and business operations, for manufacture of the payload enclosure and interfaces, for integration of the payload to the rocket, and for development of the home port. Boeing suspended commercial satellite flights in July of 2003.
The ODYSSEY is a self-propelled, semi-submersible launch platform. She was originally modified from the Northern Sea offshore drilling rig, OCEAN ODYSSEY, which was built in Japan in 1982. In 1989, the platform was damaged by fire and one person was killed. Some time later, ODYSSEY was partially dismantled, and in 1991-1992, she was modernized at the Vyborg Shipyard.



Long Beach mooring within the old Navy Port
The Ocean Odyssey was a self-propelled, semi-submersible drilling rig which was rebuilt as a mobile spacecraft launch platform and is currently used by Sea Launch for equatorial Pacific Ocean launches. It works in concert with the Sea Launch Commander assembly and control In its current form, the Odyssey is 436 feet long and about 220 feet wide, with an empty draft displacement of 30,000 tons, and a submerged draft displacement of 50,600 tons. It has accommodations for 68 crew and launch system personnel — including living, dining, medical and recreation facilities. A large, environmentally-controlled hangar stores the rocket during transit, and then rolls it out and erects it prior to fueling and launch.ship.


The converted, self-propelled offshore oil drilling platform is the ocean-going launch platform.



Liftoff of Zenit-3SL with PAS-9 Satellite, July 28, 2000.




Sea Launch Commander can take up to three rockets at a time to the Odyssey, a converted self-propelled oil rig.

Sea Launch rocket components are manufactured in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine (first and second stages); Moscow, Russia (third or "upper" stage); and Seattle, USA (payload fairing and interstage structure).

Launching from the ocean platform offers satellite-owning customers numerous advantages from convenient and low-cost payload processing to maximized payload capacity.




Links:
Home Port Facilities: http://boeing.com/special/sea-launch/slfacilities.htm.........http://aerospace-technology.com/projects/sealaunch/
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http://asss.utvinternet.com/Articles01/theodyssey.html.........http://nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Ocean-Odyssey
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http://spaceflightnow.com/sealaunch/echostar11/tour/.........http://popularmechanics.com/science/air_space/1282541.html