This Mobile Maritime Launch Pad Puts Satellites in Orbit for Less

When it comes to orbital launch positioning, the Earth has something of a sweet spot: the equator. Like a gigantic planetary baseball bat, rockets jump off the Earth's center-line with ease, able to enter geostationary orbits using a fraction of the energy required anywhere else on the planet. » 10/29/13 12:40pm 10/29/13 12:40pm

Exploded Satellite-Launching Seacraft Finds its Way Home

Remember last week when that un-manned satellite launch didn't go so well? The large Sea Launch launch pad that the satellite exploded on is actually making its way back to land under it's own power. The massive explosion had me thinking that this seacraft would have an underwater burial, but I was wrong. Too bad this… » 2/06/07 4:00pm 2/06/07 4:00pm

Uh-Oh: Satellite Launch Ends in Tremendous Explosion


Let's start your day off with a bang: This is what happens when an unmanned launch vehicle with nearly a million pounds of fuel on board explodes. As the 209-foot Zenit-3SL rocket slumped to its Sea Launch platform, an enormous conflagration consumed its payload, a 96-transponder communications satellite belonging… » 2/02/07 7:30am 2/02/07 7:30am