BY JUSTIN RAY
Follow the countdown and flight of the Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket with the XM-1 radio broadcasting spacecraft. Reload this page for the very latest on the mission.
Flight Data File
Vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Payload: XM 1 ("Roll")
Launch date: May 8, 2001
Launch window: 2210-2255 (6:10-6:55 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Equator, 154° West, Pacific Ocean
Satellite broadcast: GE 3, Trans. 7, C-band
Watch as the launch team identified the problem with the XM 1 payload and frantically ordered the countdown stopped with less than 30 seconds until blastoff on Jan. 8.
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The Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket is rolled from its hangar and erected atop the Odyssey launch platform in preparation to carry the XM 1 satellite.
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Animation shows the XM Satellite Radio "Roll" broadcasting spacecraft as it boosts its orbit with an engine firing, deploys the twin power-generating solar arrays and antenna reflectors once in space.
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