A Zenit blasts away from the Sea Launch Odyssey platform
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Sea Launch returns to flight

The Sea Launch company, which uses a converted oil rig to launch its rockets, is back in business and about to loft its first satellite since 2009.

Sea Launch hopes the restructuring it has undergone will result today in a more competitive operation.

The first satellite to fly to orbit from the rig is Atlantic Bird 7, which is owned by Eutelsat of Paris.

Sea Launch President Kjell Karlsen describes his company's operation to Jonathan Amos.

  • 22 Sep 2011