Ukraine and Russia Set World Record in Rocket Launch Precision
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Ukraine and Russia Set World Record in Rocket Launch Precision PR Newswire KYIV, August 21, 2012 KYIV, August 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ukrainian-Russian expandable carrier rocket Zenit 3SL set world record in the precision of a satellite launch.

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Ukraine and Russia Set World Record in Rocket Launch Precision
PR Newswire KYIV, August 21, 2012
KYIV,August 21, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
The Ukrainian-Russian expandable carrier rocket Zenit 3SL set world record in the precision of a satellite launch. The carrier launched commercial satellite Intelsat 21 from a mobile platform in the Pacific Ocean onAugust 19, 2012. The satellite will service major direct-to-home and cable programmers in Latin and North America,Europeand other regions for at least 18 years.
The closest to the Earth point on the satellite's orbit had nil deviation from the planned coordinates, informed one of the project contributorsRKK Energia. The farthest point had minor deviation. "The precision of the launch is unique," said the President and General Designer ofRKK EnergiaVitaly Lopota. Notably, the team of 30,000 people worked on the project. The preparation and launch of the carrier Zenit 3SL is fully automated, making it easy to use. Moreover, the rocket is safe for environment as it uses liquefied oxygen and kerosene. Their combustion leads to the release of water and carbon dioxide, reportsUNIAN. Zenit 3SL consists of the carrier Zenit 2S, accelerator DM-SL, and the actual cargo - satellite equipment - that needs to be put into orbit. Zenit 2S combines the first two stages of the rocket. It was developed and produced inUkraine, by the state-owned design bureauYuzhnoeand industrial enterprisePivdenmash. Russia'sRKK Energiaproduced the rocket booster, while AmericanBoeing constructed the cargo department. InOctober 2011, the Ukrainian expandable carrier rocket Zenit-3SLB launched commercial satellite Intelsat 18. It now provides telecommunications services toEastern Asia, Western Pacific,North America,French Polynesia,Australia, New Zealand,Fiji,Samoaand other areas. Earlier in 2011, Ukrainian rocket Zenit 3M put into orbit the Russian astrophysical observatory Spectrum-R. The unique characteristics of the Ukrainian space launcher allowedRussiato launch their research observatory into an untypical orbit around the Earth. The chosen low orbit allows for better quality images to be taken by the observatory's equipment. Additionally, jointly with Brazil Ukraine is currently working on the Alcantara Cyclone Space project. Partners are constructing a rocket launching platform in Brazil. It is located close to the equator, reducing the cost of rocket launch from this platform by 20 percent, according to the Ukrainian Ambassador to Brazil Ihor Hrushko.