Sea Launch

Sea Launch platform

Sea Launch is an international consortium, formed in April 1995, that places commercial satellites in orbit using Zenit 3SL rockets from a converted oil platform in the Pacific Ocean near the equator – the ideal location for launching into geostationary orbit. Sea Launch is a joint venture between the Boeing Commercial Space Company, Energia Rocket & Space Corporation of Moscow, Kvaerner Maritime of Oslo, and KB Yuzhnoye/PO Yuzhmash of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Kvaerner provides the Command Ship, KB Yuzhnoye provides the first two stages of the launch vehicle, Energia provides the third stage, and Boeing provides the payload fairing and systems integration.