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Sea Launch Project may get a new class rocket

According to Energia Corporation Head, the Sea Launch cosmodrome may get a new rocket to replace Zenit class carriers and a possible new investor. 

The Sea Launch floating cosmodrome may have a new rocket to replace Zenit class carriers, head of the Russian space rocket corporation Energia Vladimir Solntsev said on Friday.

"Of course, there is a topic of making a new rocket carrier for the Sea Launch project, and it will be complicated for a new investor to be working on it," the official  told reporters.

Solntsev, however, did not specify, if the project would continue using the Zenit class rockets, and added the new rocket may be used also for launches from the ground launch pads.

Sea Launch deal may be closed early 2017

 A deal on selling the Sea Launch project is expected to be closed early next year, and the Russian candidate is most preferable, Vladimir Solntsev emphasized.

"I believe, the deal (to sell Sea Launch) will be closed in early 2017," he added.

"I think, quite soon we may have our own Elon Musk, or even double Elon Musk," he said.

Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor engineer and inventor.

Sea Launch Project may get a new class rocket