In preparation for the upcoming launch of the EUTELSAT 3B satellite in April, the Sea Launch vessels departed Home Port within the Port of Long Beach harbor for three days of operational sea trials. The Launch Platform Odyssey
and the Sea Launch Commander
departed on January 21, 2014 and returned on January 24, 2014.
Participating marine segment personnel from Energia Logistics United States (ELUS) and Barber Moss Ship Management have a number of objectives designed to verify that all vital marine systems, launch platform ground support equipment and integrated systems are performing per established parameters. Additional activities include the training and certification of existing and new personnel, the testing of various equipment and procedures and complete Dynamic Positioning and Class re-certifications.
The team had fair weather as we they head 50 nautical miles West off the coast of southern California. The uniquely purposed vessels will be conducting practice operations in the waters between Long Beach and Santa Catalina Island south to San Clemente Island. In one verification procedure, the Sea Launch vessels will "park" parallel to each other and "link" the two vessels by performing a link-bridge operation connecting the two vessels by a "bridge" so that personnel can transfer back and forth in performance of their tasks.
The sea trials will end with the Sea Launch Commander
returning to Long Beach harbor by Friday evening and the Launch Platform Odyssey
to return by Saturday afternoon.