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USC considers the possibility of building a new floating cosmodrome


The United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) has the technologies at its disposal to build a more efficient floating spaceport than Sea Launch. This is reported by TASS with reference to the General Director of the USC Alexei Rakhmanov.

Floating cosmodrome

Floating cosmodrome “Sea Launch”

We have some thoughts on this. There is a set of technological solutions to make such a complex more efficient than it was 25-30 years ago. And we would like to return to this market, because we understand that this kind of superstructure will be in great demand.“, – said Mr. Rakhmanov.

Recall that the Sea Launch floating cosmodrome was created as part of the project of the same name, implemented by the Russian RSC Energia, the American company Boeing, the Norwegian shipbuilder Kvaerner and the Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye and PO Yuzhmash. The floating spaceport is formed from the Odyssey launch platform and the command ship. The concept of a floating cosmodrome involves launching carrier rockets from the equatorial regions of the Pacific Ocean, which makes it possible to most effectively use the Earth’s rotation speed.

Within the framework of the program, operating until 2014, 32 Zenit missiles were launched from the Sea Launch cosmodrome. In 2014, rocket launches were stopped, and in 2016 the S7 group of companies became the new owner of the rocket and space complex. At the beginning of 2019, S7 announced its intention to carry out up to 70 commercial missile launches in the next 15 years, but later announced the freeze of the project. In the spring of 2020, Sea Launch moved from the shores of the United States to the Far East.

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