Sea Launch has successfully completed the Spaceway-1 mission. A Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket lifted off from the Odyssey Launch Platform at 12:31:30 am PDT ( 7:31:30 GMT ), April 26, 2005. All phases of the flight profile performed as expected. The mission ended with spacecraft separation from the Block DM upper stage, placing the Spaceway satellite into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. A ground station in South Africa acquired the spacecraft signal. All systems are operating nominally.
The Boeing 702 spacecraft is the first of four Ka-band satellites that will enable DIRECTV to deliver more than 1,500 local and national High Definition channels and other advanced programming services to consumers nationwide by 2007.