Production of the Ukrainian launch vehicle " Zenit 3SL " program for " Sea launch " (Sea Launch) can be establish at the Russian enterprises, and actually floating cosmodrome translate from the U.S. port of accommodation in long beach in Vladivostok, said Last news source in the space industry.
" Design " Zenith " perfected. Engines with flight qualification is, the control system. The missile can and want to start releasing on the area of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the assistance CSKB " Progress ", Center Khrunichev and " Krasmash ", - said the head of the Department.
According to the source, Ukrainian Experts on " Yuzhmash", producing an excellent rocket, and mutually beneficial cooperation can successfully continue, however, as long as it is difficult to say, as in the future development of events in Ukraine it can be. In addition, additional difficulties for project " Sea launch " appeared in connection with the deterioration of Russian-American relations, because the launch platform and command ship based in port on the coast of the US.
" Myself floating launch facility, of course, you can optionally convert the home port in long beach, for example, in Vladivostok. But we must understand that the best place to put him - just in California, because there are many manufacturers of payload, as well as among them, and for " Sea launch ". In addition, to go from Vladivostok to the equator longer than California, which also increases the cost of delivery, and in the end, may affect the price of the launch as a whole ", - explained the head of the Department.
Unique floating cosmodrome " Sea launch " (Sea Launch), intended for commercial launches of launch vehicle Zenit-3SL " with satellites with mobile launch platform of the Equatorial Pacific ocean, has the opportunity to be mothballed until 2016, said before the Last news, another source in the space industry. According to him, the reason is that the Production of launch vehicle " Zenit 3SL " is hosted in the Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk, and the project " the Sea start " now has only four rockets of varying degrees of readiness.