Sea Launch Commander

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Sea Launch Commander
Sea Launch Commander at home port
Owner: Sea Launch
Port of registry:  Liberia
Builder: Kvaerner Govan Ltd
Launched: 1997
Identification: IMO number: 9133812
General characteristics
Type: Assembly and Command Ship
Tonnage: 50,023 GT, 10,430 DWT
Displacement: 30,000 t (30,000 long tons; 33,000 short tons)
Length: 203 m (666 ft)
Beam: 32 m (105 ft)
Draft: 8 m (26 ft)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph), 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph) max
Range: 33,000 km (21,000 mi)

Sea Launch Commander is the command ship for Sea Launch. She was built by Kvaerner Govan Ltd at Govan shipyard in Glasgow, Scotland and registered in Liberia.[1] Her home port is Long Beach, California.

Technical parameters[edit]

The Assembly and Command Ship—or ACS—is an all-new, specially designed vessel that serves as a floating rocket assembly factory while in port, provides crew and customer accommodations and also houses mission control facilities for launches at sea. In the fall of 1997, the ship sailed for Russia, where special equipment for handling rocket components and for commanding and controlling launches was installed and tested. She arrived in Long Beach, Calififornia, on 13 July 1998, after a voyage through the Panama Canal.

The ACS is approximately 200 metres (660 ft) long, 32 metres (105 ft) wide, displaces more than 30,000 tonnes (30,000 long tons; 33,000 short tons) and has a cruising range of 33,000 kilometres (21,000 mi). The ACS provides accommodations for up to 240 crew members, customers and VIPs—including medical facilities, dining room, recreation and entertainment facilities.[2]


  1. ^ "Sea Launch Commander". Marine Traffic. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Sea Launch Commander". Launch System. Sea Launch. Retrieved 2013-08-04.