Long Beach - A rocket carrying an Intelsat satellite has successfully lifted off from the oceangoing Sea Launch platform on the equator.
A statement on Sunday from Sea Launch AG said the rocket took off from the Pacific Ocean platform Odyssey at 23:55 PDT on Saturday.
Thirty minutes after the launch, the 5 980kg satellite named Intelsat 21 was in geosynchronous orbit.
Built by Boeing Satellite Systems, the satellite will serve North America, South America and Europe.
The Odyssey platform and the control ship sail from their home port in Long Beach to take advantage of physics that allow a rocket to more easily carry a payload to orbit from the equator.
Sea Launch is now headquartered in Switzerland.