BBC: A Zenit-3SL rocket, launched earlier today by Sea Launch AG, failed 40 seconds into its flight. The launch was the fifth by the company since 2011, when it had reemerged from bankruptcy—caused by a previous launch failure. Now owned by a Russian consortium, Sea Launch is one of many companies competing to launch geostationary telecommunications satellites. The Zenit-3SL rocket uses a mobile oceanic launch pad, which can be moved to the equator, where Earth’s rotational energy boosts the rocket’s lift capacity. The rocket has a reliable launch record, and the reason for the failure is unknown. It was carrying the Intelsat-27 satellite, a 6.4-ton communications satellite designed by Boeing, which would have helped provide direct-to-home television and internet signals.