posted on Dec, 6 2006 @ 08:03 PM
In a word NO ,
“sea launch “ biggest selling point is that it allows selection of an optimal launch point for a given orbital insertion – allowing fuel savings
and higher payloads
Also as the launch barge can receive its payload and rocket booster from ports in the USA , different ports if required – and deliver both to a
launch site . usually at the equator
Sealauch platform is also largely immune to political unrest and natural disasters – as it can usually retreat out of “ harms way “ , a trick
that a land based facility cannot match
As opposed to say the ESA launch site in Guyana , where all materiel and personnel must be shipped to a remote location – sea launch can load up
everything it needs – at a friendly port before embarking to its launch co ordinates
The radar platform is also mobile it can be repositioned to respond to new threats and be brought to bear in new theatres of operation .
Also being ocean based it has unrestricted horizons [ if positioned far from land ]
and being away from land - it can escape magnetic and electronic interference from mineral deposits , power lines etc etc
Seaborne platforms are not inherently stealthy or immune to scrutiny. They have to be guilt in the public gaze – and their slow course can be
easily plotted .
They are however flexible , as I have noted .
Hope this helps