Sea Launch successfully completed the Koreasat 5 mission on August 21, 2006. A Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket lifted off from the Odyssey Launch Platform at 8:27 pm PDT (3:27 GMT on Aug. 22). All phases of the flight profile performed as expected. The mission ended with spacecraft separation from the Block DM upper stage, placing the Koreasat 5 communications satellite into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. A ground station in Fucino, Italy, acquired the spacecraft signal shortly after spacecraft separation. All systems are operating nominally.