|Year 1 Number 233||
Wednesday / 5 December 2001
Sea Launch Zenit 3SL Rocket
to Undergo Design Change. NPO Yuzhnoye is planning
a fundamental design modification to enable launches from Odyssey
offshore platform in Pacific Ocean to carry payloads weighing
7,500 kg into GTO, an increase of 1,500 kg. The new Zenit would
consist of a first stage with a core liquid oxygen tank with
kerosene propellants provided by two 22 m long, 2.2 m wide strap-on
stages. Inert, unfueled components of the rocket are sent to
Long Beach CA where they are assembled onboard the Assembly
and Command Ship (ACS) in a below-decks factory area. The
third stage is joined with the first and second stages, and the
assembled rocket awaits its payload. Satellites are received
at the Home
Port facility. After the completion of fueling and encapsulation
in the payload processing facility, the integrated payload unit
is transferred to the ACS for integration with the launcher.
The horizontally integrated rocket is then transferred to the
launch platform, where it is stored in an environmentally controlled
hangar during transit to the equator. Upon arrival at the launch
site, the platform is positioned at 154°W longitude, ballasted
to its launch depth, and oriented to minimize wind and wave effects.
At L-27 hours prior to liftoff, the rocket is rolled out of its
environmentally protected hangar and automatically erected on
the launch pad. Sea Launch is planning a very busy launch schedule
in 2002. Next launch is set for the spring. Rocket and maintenance
teams active with Home Port operations.
Space Commercialization Discussion on "Business Without Boundaries." Tuesday's guest on the BWB radio show hosted by Dr. David Livingston was Dr. Ed Hudgins, Director of Regulatory Studies at the Cato institute. Dr. Hudgins is the former editor of Cato's Regulation magazine and he also served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation. On BWB, Hudgins and Livingston explored space commercialization, the regulatory environment for future space development, NASA space policy and other areas of interest to private business and economic development. "If the right policies are initiated, space can become a realm not just for NASA astronauts but for all Americans," Hudgins said last June at a hearing on space policy and tourism before the Subcommittee on Space & Aeronautics. BWB can be heard live in the Phoenix, Arizona on KFNX AM 1100, and on the Internet at www.renaissanceradio.com. Copies of the broadcast are available on CD and may be purchased for $5.00. Contact David Livingston at email@example.com for more information.