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Sea Launch on Track to Loft Intelsat 19
by Staff Writers
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 23, 2012

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Sea Launch AG, through Energia Logistics Ltd., has conducted a Hardware Acceptance Review of the Zenit-2S launch vehicle to be utilized in support of the Intelsat 19 mission.

A team of specialists from the Chief Engineer's Office at Energia Logistics Ltd., together with specialists from RSC Energia, reviewed all of the acceptance data for the Zenit-2S #SL33 vehicle and found that all required acceptance test values were within specification.

The Condock V sea-based transport vessel carrying the Zenit-2S launch vehicle designated for Intelsat 19 departed the port at Oktyabrsky, Ukraine on February 17, 2012 and is scheduled to arrive pier-side at Sea Launch's Home Port facility in Long Beach, California on March 30, 2012.

The Block DM-SL upper stage designated for Intelsat 19, provided by RSC Energia, was shipped to Home Port last year and the Payload Accommodations, provided by Boeing Commercial Space Company, will be shipped in early March. The Intelsat 19 mission is planned for launch in May 2012.

Built by Space Systems Loral, the Intelsat 19 satellite will weigh approximately 5,600 kilograms (12,345 lbs.) at launch. It is expected to arrive at the Sea Launch facility during the last week of March in preparation for the start of standalone and combined spacecraft operations.

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