Sea Launch launches latest satellite

A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) while in the Arabian Sea Jan. 26, 2012. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 were deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy A. Hazel, U.S. Navy/Released) (MC3 Timothy A. Hazel)
A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) while in the Arabian Sea Jan. 26, 2012. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 were deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy A. Hazel, U.S. Navy/Released) (MC3 Timothy A. Hazel)
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Updated: 5/26 10:06 pm

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A communications satellite built for France-based Eutelsat has been launched from Sea Launch AG's oceangoing rocket pad in Switzerland.

The company says a rocket carrying the satellite blasted off Monday. An hour later, the satellite was lofted into orbit.

Sea Launch was formed in 1995 with Boeing Co. as a 40 percent owner. But financial problems forced Sea Launch to file for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in June 2009. It emerged in October 2010 with a new majority owner.

Sea Launch has been lofting heavy satellites into orbit since 1999.

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