Statement on Launch Anomaly and Total Loss of Boeing-built NSS-8 Satellite

A Sea Launch Zenit-3SL vehicle, carrying the Boeing-built NSS-8 satellite, experienced an anomaly Tuesday during launch. There were no injuries involved in the launch failure, but the NSS-8 satellite was declared a total loss. There are three other Boeing satellite launches on Sea Launch scheduled in 2007: Thuraya D3, Spaceway F3 and DIRECTV 11. Boeing is working closely with Sea Launch and the NSS-8 customer, SES New Skies, as well as other customers impacted by this event. For up-to-date information on the launch failure, please visit the Sea Launch Web site at

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Eric Warren
The Boeing Company
Diana Ball
The Boeing Company