Military Review

Roscosmos: Sea Launch project sold out

56
The Sea Launch international consortium, which “uses launch vehicles from a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean, has found its buyer, Zenit,” the transaction documents will be issued in the coming weeks, reports TASS.




“There is a process of paperwork for closing the transaction. The process is lengthy, and it will most likely be completed within the next month. To disclose information about an investor is prohibited by agreement, this is a commercial secret, ”an informed source told the agency.

Later this information was confirmed by the head of "Roscosmos" Igor Komarov.

The project is really sold, said Komarov. “Who the investor and the volume of the contract can not say because of certain obligations. I hope that by the end of April there will be something to say, ”he added.

According to him, “investors from the United States, Europe, China and Australia claimed the project.”

Earlier it was reported that the consortium, which suspended launches in 2014, could return to the launch services market in 2016. In particular, the company's general director Sergei Gugkaev at the end of 2015 said that “the project intends to actively engage in the struggle for new orders in the first quarter of 2016, following the results of structuring a deal with an investor.”

TASS Help: “Sea Launch” is an international commercial project for the creation and operation of a sea-based rocket and space complex. To implement the project in 1995, a company of the same name was created, founded by American Boeing, Russian RSC Energia, Norwegian shipbuilding enterprise Kvaerner (now Aker Solutions), Ukrainian Yuzhnoye Design Bureau and Yuzhmash. In June 2009, the Sea Launch Company declared bankruptcy. After reorganization, in 2010, RSC Energia took the lead in the project. In the summer of 2014, Sea Launch announced a suspension of launches. ”
Photos used:
Sea launch
56 comments
Information
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 30 March 2016 18: 20
    +36
    "Disclosure of information about the investor is prohibited by the agreement, this is a commercial secret"

    I suspect that China. bully In general, in modern conditions, it clearly could not function normally, so, as they say, the continuation was "brewing".
    1. Eugene-Eugene
      Eugene-Eugene 30 March 2016 18: 24
      +35
      Of course he couldn't. The Zenit launch vehicle, which was launched from this platform, was produced by Yuzhmash, which will soon leave the other world together with Nenko.
      1. cniza
        cniza 30 March 2016 18: 53
        +4
        Quote: Vladimirets
        "Disclosure of information about the investor is prohibited by the agreement, this is a commercial secret"

        I suspect that China. bully In general, in modern conditions, it clearly could not function normally, so, as they say, the continuation was "brewing".



        The biggest probability is that China is of little interest to other "players".
        1. neo.
          neo. 30 March 2016 19: 56
          +11
          It is possible that the Americans. For example, "Space X", which is very rich, albeit private (which can also be a veil). They can completely remake them for their own. Moreover, they are very fond of cutting the budget and are good at it.
          But China, of course, is the first suspicion.
          1. alexmach
            alexmach 30 March 2016 21: 23
            +1
            Why do they need it? because they have their own developments. And in the sea launch rocket of the 60s is used.
            1. ultra
              ultra 30 March 2016 23: 02
              +2
              The first launch in 1985. With what fright is the rocket of the 60s?
        2. SMikhalych
          SMikhalych 30 March 2016 20: 29
          0
          Quote: cniza
          The biggest probability is that China is of little interest to other "players".

          Well, why? There is also DPRK repeat They will scrape through the guts and buy through a third country. lol
          And India and Iran do not need to be discounted wink
          1. Bayonet
            Bayonet 30 March 2016 23: 35
            +2
            Quote: SMikhalych
            Well, why? There is also DPRK

            I'm crying! crying
        3. Genry
          Genry 30 March 2016 23: 35
          0
          Quote: cniza
          The biggest probability is that China is of little interest to other "players".

          China generally does not need this floating piece.
          They have a Wenchang cosmodrome on Hainan Island.
          Very close to the equator!
          Look for a country remote from the equator, but with space technology.
          1. I read the news
            I read the news 31 March 2016 00: 18
            +1
            Quote: Genry
            Look for a country remote from the equator, but with space technology.

            Russia?
      2. opus
        opus 30 March 2016 18: 55
        +8
        Quote: Eugene-Eugene
        The Zenit launch vehicle, which was launched from this platform, was produced by Yuzhmash,

        1) 70% of our components, including marching oxygen-kerosene engines RD-171M LPRE (NPO Energomash) and upper stages DM-SL and DM-SLB (RSC Energia), were manufactured at Russian enterprises.


        to set up production of Zenit 3SL launch vehicles for the Sea Launch program on the territory of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Progress CSKB, the Khrunichev Center and Krasmash VERY EASY.





        Zenit price is now close to Proton
        ----------------
        no need, and they won’t give us
        1. Baikonur
          Baikonur 30 March 2016 19: 57
          +4
          We are now bringing "Vostochny" to mind.
          This sea launch is still unprofitable.
          As a joint effort, they were pulling, but by themselves it was expensive, especially since the payload of even Soyuz-2 is up to 10 tons.
          Today on TV - by 2025. to develop a new Phoenix launch vehicle. / "Roskosmos" /
          Also finances will be unnecessarily required.
          So, I think everything is balanced.
          1. VP
            VP 31 March 2016 06: 03
            +1
            Quote: Baikonur
            Today on TV - by 2025. to develop a new Phoenix launch vehicle.

            And what does not suit modular hangar?
            Fresh at all. No toxic fuel.
            Withdraw at least 1,5 tons, at least 35
      3. Samaritan
        Samaritan 30 March 2016 19: 00
        +5
        One or two starts a year ... solid losses. (But of course the "beautiful" thing impresses with the wrong word,
      4. Zoldat_A
        Zoldat_A 30 March 2016 19: 12
        +9
        Quote: Eugene-Eugene
        Of course he couldn't. The Zenit launch vehicle, which was launched from this platform, was produced by Yuzhmash, which will soon leave the other world together with Nenko.

        Here it is! I got it!!! America will buy a sea launch and give it to Ukraine so that Ukraine can launch its own Zenith missiles !! So that Yuzhmash does not die !! laughing

        It’s like I didn’t drink cognac today, I don’t consume vegetable-chemical freckles ... What kind of nonsense does it climb from the keyboard .... wassat
        1. PPD
          PPD 30 March 2016 19: 41
          +5
          Compared to what climbs from Ukraine and from the USA, it’s a completely adequate version. lol
          PS And do not read the news from Ukraine before dinner. Unhealthy. laughing
          1. APASUS
            APASUS 30 March 2016 20: 30
            +1
            Quote: PPD
            Compared with what climbs from Ukraine and from the USA, it’s a quite adequate version

            The US version does not hold water.
            Boeing voluntarily abandoned its share, if American companies showed interest, then to whom did they sell their part to us or to American companies?
            The United States is now dependent on Russia for many factors in space, and US strengthening is not in Russia's hands.
            The version with China is quite possible, but raises doubts. With all friendly relations, China will quickly master this technique and launch satellites for a penny, why should we?
            Europe or Australia are more suitable in terms of parameters, but for example, Australia has a policy directed against Russia, and they do not do joint business with such countries.
            And Europe is simply a vassal of the United States, they won’t have time to ask how they will be told NO!
            Match the description of the oilman of the monarchy most.
            They won’t create competition, because they will think more about their satellites, it will be a partner completely dependent on Russia, problems with the price of oil will force them to invest in a real high-tech business and as a partner is ideal for managing. Iran can be proposed, but it is under sanctions.
            wait until April ..............
        2. weksha50
          weksha50 30 March 2016 22: 34
          +2
          Quote: Zoldat_A
          It’s like I didn’t drink cognac today, I don’t consume vegetable and chemical freckles ... What kind of crap is climbing from the keyboard ...



          It is with joy that the ballast was finally shoved off their shoulders ...

          Even before the New Year, there were articles about the unprofitability of this project ... All the "partners" fled, and Russia (represented by NPO Energia) took it on its shoulders ...

          So there was a buyer - and thank God ...
    2. vlad66
      vlad66 30 March 2016 18: 25
      +13
      Quote: Vladimirets
      In general, in modern conditions, it clearly could not function normally, so, as they say, the continuation was "brewing".

      I agree with you, especially since
      Zenit launch vehicles

      This software "Yuzhmash" Ukraine and in the current conditions it is better to sell than drag this yes cargo.
    3. aleksfill
      aleksfill 30 March 2016 18: 49
      +4
      At this rate, the turn will reach the Soyuz-2 launch complex at the cosmodrome
      Kuru in French Guiana. Since 2012, there have been no launches. But Sea Launch is a pity, very
      sorry, but the time will come - we will bite our elbows, yes .....
      1. Pilat2009
        Pilat2009 30 March 2016 21: 16
        +2
        Quote: aleksfill
        There are no launches since 2012

        What are you?
        Roscosmos and the European company Arianespace have signed a contract for the supply until 2019 of seven Russian Soyuz-ST launch vehicles for launch from the Kourou Cosmodrome, Interfax reports April 4.

        On April 4, 2014, at the estimated time, using the Soyuz-ST-A launch vehicle with the Frigate-MT booster block, the Sentinel spacecraft (SC) was launched into orbit
        July 10, 2014 at 22 hours 55 minutes Moscow time from the Guiana space center (MCC, French Guiana), joint calculations of Russian and European specialists launched the Russian Soyuz-ST-B launch vehicle with the Frigate-MT booster block and spacecraft (KA) "O3b"
        On December 8, 2014, at 23.37 and 23.59 Moscow time, two pairs of O3B telecommunications satellites launched into the calculated orbit of the Soyuz-ST-B carrier rocket from the Frigate-MT RB, which started at 21.37, were regularly separated from the upper stage Moscow time) from the Guiana space center.
        March 28, 2015 at 00 hours 46 minutes Moscow time from the Guiana Space Center (MCC, French Guiana) by joint calculations of Russian and European specialists, the Russian Soyuz-ST-B launch vehicle with the Frigate-MT booster block and two European spacecraft Galileo FOC M2.
        September 11, 2015 at 05:08 Moscow time from the Guiana space center (MCC, French Guiana) joint calculations of Russian and European specialists launched the Russian SOYUZ-ST-B carrier rocket with the FREGAT-MT booster and two GALILEO European spacecraft FOC M3.
        December 17, 2015 at 14:51 Moscow time from the Guiana Space Center (MCC, French Guiana), joint calculations of Russian and European specialists launched the Russian carrier rocket SOYUZ-ST-B with the FREGAT-MT booster block and two European space GALILEO FOC M4 devices.
      2. Bayonet
        Bayonet 30 March 2016 23: 41
        0
        Quote: aleksfill
        But the time will come - we will bite our elbows, yeah .....

        It is also necessary to bring the East to mind, and it makes no sense to spend money on an unprofitable object. hi
    4. svp67
      svp67 30 March 2016 18: 51
      +2
      Quote: Vladimirets
      I suspect that China.

      Wait and see. In the USA, for example, there are a LOT of space companies for whom such a purchase will be very "useful" ...
    5. avt
      avt 30 March 2016 19: 30
      +3
      Quote: Vladimirets
      it clearly could not function normally, so, as they say, the sequel was "brewing".

      Quote: Eugene-Eugene
      The Zenit launch vehicle, which was launched from this platform, was produced by Yuzhmash,

      A suitcase without a handle. Of course, an attractive idea was - to cut through the sea and shoot like from a machine gun ... but in fact it turned out that it was not so beautiful, they cheerfully took a log and cheerfully carried it ", as in a commercial No. not really fun, but with the loss of a rocket and at all - a cord.
    6. opus
      opus 30 March 2016 19: 31
      +1
      Quote: Vladimirets
      I suspect that China.

      South Korea, Brazil, India, Australia, and the USA itself (private traders)

      who has the infrastructure (port) and who is closer to the starting point: the Pacific Ocean at a point with coordinates 0 ° 00 ′ N 154 ° 00 ′ s village, near Christmas Island.
    7. Sagittarius YaNAO
      Sagittarius YaNAO 30 March 2016 21: 05
      +1
      I also thought about China but,
      Sergey Gugkaev at the end of 2015 said that “the project intends to actively engage in the struggle for new orders

      an unknown Russian oligarch will appear and buy a toy.
    8. Pig
      Pig 31 March 2016 06: 21
      0
      "" I suspect that China ""
      or Iran ... the whales have their own developments
  2. pigkiller
    pigkiller 30 March 2016 18: 20
    +1
    Who bought the project without Yuzhmash?
    1. Nevsky_ZU
      Nevsky_ZU 30 March 2016 18: 26
      +6
      Quote: pigkiller
      Who bought the project without Yuzhmash?


      What for? Russian statesmen have been excluded from governing the country.
      Virus skyneta, Oh sorry farmers, even penetrated the Russians, forcing them to think that they are also Selyuki Ukrainians, and embroidery their way of life now.

      Here is the short version:

  3. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 30 March 2016 18: 21
    +6
    Sorry
    The idea was good ... any point (such as the equator) with high energy for cargo output ... plus almost any inclination of the orbit for satellites ... after all, the starting point can move ... and the areas of the oceans are colossal ... which made it possible to select an area taking into account the fall of the steps ... I will definitely follow the situation ...
    1. opus
      opus 30 March 2016 18: 31
      +7
      Quote: silberwolf88
      any point

      Not any. It is necessary to take into account the trajectory of the fall of the LV stages, and the emergency descent from the accelerating trajectory



      [b] All [/ b] launches so far [b] launches [/ b] have been carried out from the equator from the start point with geographic coordinates j = 0 °, l = 154 ° W, which practically coincides with the left boundary of the Pacific position area, [b] defined at the stage of conceptual design [/ b]


      Quote: silberwolf88
      plus almost any inclination of the orbit for satellites.


      Almost all launches under the Sea Launch program [b] were carried out and it is planned to carry out [/ b] into orbits [b] with zero or small inclination.
      Quote: silberwolf88
      which made it possible to choose an area taking into account the fall of the steps ..

      The inclination of PGSO at the first launches was different from zero so that in the strip
      the spread of ILV fragments during the accident [b] did not hit the Galapagos Islands, [/ b] located
      at a distance of 7 km from the starting point near the equator.

      ---------------------------------------
      We have trouble:
      -logistics (there are no support vessels, there is no home port (of its own), it is very difficult, expensive to bring the launch vehicle to the platform (where are the plants, and where are the launches)
      - courts, arrests, pressure, Ukraine, the USA and other garbage.
      1. your1970
        your1970 30 March 2016 19: 58
        +1
        thanks for the clarification, and then only one rustle with zero information: "sell", "bite elbows" and so on.
  4. Indifferent
    Indifferent 30 March 2016 18: 23
    +1
    Here we are. There is no money to remake a unique launching complex with an ukroketa for your "Angara". Easier to sell! And in ten years they will begin to bite their elbows. What have we done, because there we had to invest a penny, but we would have completely our own!
    1. pigkiller
      pigkiller 30 March 2016 18: 25
      +1
      They say that Russia has invested over 20 billion cu over 404 years in 200 ...
    2. opus
      opus 30 March 2016 19: 06
      +4
      Quote: indifferent
      remake for your "Angara".

      no how.
      The Sea Launch complex was created specially for the Zenith.







      basing all infrastructure in the USA (Los Angeles), obviously, will not allow Russia to launch any military and dual-purpose devices from a floating platform. The same Glonass satellites, for example. It turns out a spaceport with noticeably truncated capabilities, for the sake of which you will also have to finance the voluminous infrastructure in the United States.

      To create all the necessary infrastructure for its maintenance in the Far Eastern port of Sovetskaya Gavan or in Vladivostok is $ 1,5-2 billion.




      The designers of Energia offer to save on the creation of a rocket by taking already used units from other carriers: the main engine from Zenit (RD-171M), the control system from Proton-M, the second-stage engine from Angara (RD-191V ), the tail compartment and the interface system - from the Zenith. According to its characteristics, the new rocket, according to the designers, should surpass Zenit, namely, to launch satellites weighing up to 3,4 tons into geostationary orbit. But this is still a terrible cost.
      1. opus
        opus 30 March 2016 19: 16
        +1
        OF COURSE IT IS SAD...


        Optimal-possible layout schemes for Zenith 5.X modules: 1– Zenith 5.1-RG; 2– Zenit 5.1-B; 3– Zenit 5.1-B-T2; 4– Zenit 5.1-B-T4; 5– Zenit 5.1-B-T6; 6– Zenith 5.1-B-T8; 7– Zenit 5.2-WG; 8– Zenit 5.2-V; 9– Zenit 5.2-VM and Zenit 5.2-RGM, Zenit 5.2-VM / A *; 10– Zenit 5.4-VM and Zenit 5.4-RGM, Zenit 5.4-VM-A *; 11– Zenit 5.4-VM-B; 12– Zenit 5.4-VM-B paired with the IOC “Buran”; 13– Zenit 5.4x2-VM and Zenit 5.4x2-VM / A; 14– Zenit 5.4x4-VM; 15– Zenith 5.4x4-VM-A and Zenit 5.4x4-VM-AE; 16 - a large-scale example of a 9-story building profile.

        All elements are designed, tested and in fact made in the USSR (no complaints about the quality!)
      2. Pilat2009
        Pilat2009 30 March 2016 22: 34
        0
        Quote: opus
        Designers of "Energy" offer to save on the creation of a rocket

        And what is it that our Angara merges Zenith in payload with a launch mass of two times more?
  5. Svetoch
    Svetoch 30 March 2016 18: 23
    0
    And last year it was supposed to use the Angara instead of Zenith. As I understand it, it did not work out with the number of launches, less than expected? Enlighten if anyone in the know, I love the theme of space.
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 30 March 2016 18: 38
      0
      Roscosmos cut the budget - so they refuse programs and projects.
  6. stonks
    stonks 30 March 2016 18: 33
    0
    QUOTE: "a company of the same name was created, the founders of which were the American Boeing, the Russian RSC Energia, the Norwegian shipbuilding enterprise Kvaerner (now Aker Solutions), the Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye and PO Yuzhmash."

    This is a salad !!!
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 30 March 2016 18: 40
      0
      Maybe SpaceX bought this platform.
      1. igor67
        igor67 30 March 2016 21: 43
        0
        Quote: Vadim237
        Maybe SpaceX bought this platform.

        Maybe Israel, in 2014, considered this option: Israel is considering the possibility of buying the Sea Launch consortium, which launches Russian-Ukrainian Zenit rockets from a floating cosmodrome in the Pacific Ocean. This was reported on September 26 by the media, citing a source in the Russian space and rocket industry.

        According to him, the state, represented by Roscosmos and the United Rocket and Space Corporation (ORKK), refused to acquire an international company, so work is underway to find a possible foreign buyer.
  7. serkhan
    serkhan 30 March 2016 18: 39
    -1
    went bankrupt and sold cheaply.
    1. DenZ
      DenZ 30 March 2016 19: 21
      +1
      No, this project is not needed at all. We will open Vostochny soon. And besides, the sea launch was a very problematic project (I heard directly from the people involved). So, rather, we got rid of it.
  8. Pencil
    Pencil 30 March 2016 18: 55
    +1
    And I think it was a big mistake to start this business in general, and even in the absence of a reliable rocket, and even at the end of the world. Just beautiful posters in high offices overshadowed the logistics.
    1. Prisoner
      Prisoner 30 March 2016 19: 02
      +3
      It seems to you. But at present, it’s better (cheaper) to pay for Baikonur than to save on the equator. laughing
  9. Prisoner
    Prisoner 30 March 2016 19: 00
    0
    But we don’t need to. Well done and well done. We have enough of our own so that passengers would throw a shaft into orbit.
  10. Igor V
    Igor V 30 March 2016 19: 19
    0
    When the Sea Launch was created, our space industry had to survive. Therefore, such a "sea salad" and turned out. Now they are demanding from Roscosmos, again, in fact, they have to survive and sell assets that are hanging like a dead weight. And in order to adapt another RN, again, money and time are needed. Only business, nothing personal, but, nevertheless, a pity.
  11. Torins
    Torins 30 March 2016 19: 33
    0
    It's a shame ((
    The launch platform was built in the city of Vyborg at a shipyard, in front of my eyes they built it. I was still a teenager. He admired from the wharf how this colossus was growing and was proud that our Russian people were building it. It's a shame ...
  12. Sergey333
    Sergey333 30 March 2016 19: 58
    +2
    I hope the buyer is North Korea, let the Americans stop sleeping peacefully at night. laughing
  13. Stoler
    Stoler 30 March 2016 20: 51
    0
    Sell ​​everything !!! Oil, Gas, Forest, Yes ALL RESOURCES !!!! The main thing is not to build X for your BABLO !!!!! IMPORT SUBSTITUTION BL ,,,,,,, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. Evil 55
    Evil 55 31 March 2016 02: 55
    0
    North Korea has shown interest in the Sea Launch project ... Plans to place a platform in the Los Angeles area ...
  15. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 31 March 2016 08: 53
    +1
    Israel really needs such a thing.
    We have the wildest spaceport: on the beach around
    Mediterranean Sea in the center of the country, and launches against the rotation of the Earth -
    which is absurd from the point of view of physics (they made a rocket in case of an accident
    not banged on the Arab neighbors).

    But I don’t think that I bought Israel. The press would have leaked about it
    and discussions would begin "" do not need "....
    We would need to order such an offshore platform specifically for ourselves.
  16. sergeyzzz
    sergeyzzz April 1 2016 07: 00
    0
    Quote: Stoler
    Sell ​​everything !!! Oil, Gas, Forest, Yes ALL RESOURCES !!!! The main thing is not to build X for your BABLO !!!!! IMPORT SUBSTITUTION BL ,,,,,,, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don’t be so nervous, everything has its time, so it was necessary.
  17. Gunther
    Gunther April 1 2016 12: 26
    0
    Quote: voyaka uh
    Israel really needs such a thing.

    So this is your Cossack (Felixovich)?
    Filev Vladislav Felixovich - The main owner of the S7 group and S7 Airlines (in memory of the service in the Strategic Missile Forces, he decided to buy a spaceport).
    Joke.