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Zenit-3SLB
Part of Zenit Family
Sea Launch
Sea Launch
Credit: Ukrainian Space Agency
Ukrainian orbital launch vehicle. Version of the Zenit-3SL modified for launch from existing ground facilities at Baikonur, using the common Zenit-2SB core vehicle with an upper stage Block DM-SLB designed by RSC Energia (Russia) and a new payload fairing designed by NPO Lavochkin (Russia).

AKA: J-1e. Status: Active. First Launch: 2008-04-28. Last Launch: 2013-08-31. Number: 6 . Payload: 3,750 kg (8,260 lb). Thrust: 7,300.00 kN (1,641,100 lbf). Gross mass: 471,000 kg (1,038,000 lb). Height: 59.60 m (195.50 ft). Diameter: 3.90 m (12.70 ft).

The Sea Launch Board of Directors voted on September 30, 2003, to offer launch services from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, in addition to its sea-based launches at the Equator. The new offering, Land Launch, was based on the collaboration of Sea Launch Company and Space International Services, of Russia, to meet the launch needs of commercial customers with medium weight satellites.

The Land Launch system uses a version of the Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket, the Zenit 3SLB, to lift commercial satellites in the 2,000 to 3,500-kilogram range to GTO and heavier payloads to inclined or lower orbits. The three stages on the Zenit 3SLB were the same as those on the Sea Launch Zenit-3SL, with the only significant difference between two being the fairing. A two-stage configuration of the same rocket, the Zenit 2SLB, was also available for launching heavy payloads, or groups of payloads, to LEO. Payloads and vehicles would be processed and launched from existing Zenit facilities at the Baikonur launch site. The first Land Launch mission, carrying the PAS-11 satellite for PanAmSat, was scheduled for the second quarter of 2007.12 Expanding on its Sea Launch marketing efforts, Boeing Launch Services, Inc., managed marketing and sales for this new offering.

Payload: 3,750 kg (8,260 lb) to a GEO.

Family: orbital launch vehicle, ship-launched. Country: Ukraine. Spacecraft: FS-1300, AMOS, Star bus. Launch Sites: Baikonur, Baikonur LC45/1, Baikonur LC45. Stages: Zenit-A, Zenit-B, Zenit-V. Agency: Yuzhnoye. More at: 8776.



2008 April 28 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Amos 3 - . Mass: 1,250 kg (2,750 lb). Nation: Israel. Agency: SIS. Program: Amos. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: AMOS. Spacecraft: Amos. USAF Sat Cat: 32794 . COSPAR: 2008-022A. Apogee: 35,788 km (22,237 mi). Perigee: 35,784 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Communications satellite. The Block DM stage made three burns to deliver the payload into geostationary orbit..

2009 February 26 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Telstar 11N - . Mass: 4,012 kg (8,844 lb). Nation: Canada. Agency: SIS. Program: Telstar series. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: FS-1300. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 34111 . COSPAR: 2009-009A. Apogee: 35,798 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,776 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Ku-band direct-broadcast satellite with 39 high-power transponders covering North and Central America, Europe, Africa and the Atlantic Ocean Region, stationed at 37.5 degrees..

2009 June 21 - . 21:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Measat 3A - . Mass: 2,370 kg (5,220 lb). Nation: Malaysia. Agency: SIS. Program: Measat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Star bus. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 35362 . COSPAR: 2009-032A. Apogee: 35,788 km (22,237 mi). Perigee: 35,784 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min.

2009 November 30 - . 21:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Intelsat IS-15 - . Payload: Star-2. Mass: 2,484 kg (5,476 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: SIS. Program: Intelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Star bus. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 36106 . COSPAR: 2009-067A. Apogee: 35,789 km (22,238 mi). Perigee: 35,785 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Communications satellite, providing services to Russia, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean area..

2011 October 5 - . 21:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Intelsat 18 - . Payload: Orbital Star-2.4E. Mass: 3,200 kg (7,000 lb). Nation: USA. Program: Intelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Star bus. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 37834 . COSPAR: 2011-056A. Apogee: 35,736 km (22,205 mi). Perigee: 35,725 km (22,198 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,433.20 min. Ku and C band communications satellite for Pacific Ocean communications, including special coverage for French Polynesia..

2013 August 31 - . 20:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Amos 4 - . Mass: 4,260 kg (9,390 lb). Nation: Israel. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: AMOS. Spacecraft: Amos. USAF Sat Cat: 39237 . COSPAR: 2013-045A. Apogee: 35,796 km (22,242 mi). Perigee: 35,777 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0300 deg. Period: 1,436.09 min. Communications satellite for Spacecom company of Tel Aviv. Built by IAI-MBT with a mass much greater than previous AMOS satellites. Bus is probably around 5.0 x 2.5m with a span across the two solar arrays in the 12 to 15 meter range..


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