Monday, February 18, 2013

The Stuff Thriller Novels are made of.

 A Russian Rocket launched off the coast of the U.S. goes awry.

In October of 2010, a Russian company RSC Energia bought a 95% stake in the newly reorganized company Sea Launch.  On February 1, 2013 the company attempted to launch an Intelsat 27 communications satellite off their mobile platform positioned about 1400 miles south of Hawaii. 

The twenty-story rocket blasted off at 1:56 a.m. EST from the Odyssey launch platform, but about 25 seconds after liftoff something went terribly wrong and the main engine switched off.  Approximately 15 seconds after the engine ceased all telemetry was lost from both the spacecraft and rocket indicating that it had crashed into the ocean.  The mission had failed.

Footage from Sea Launch's live webcast of the failed launch was posted on YouTube.
Video Credit Sea Launch

My question to you. 

 Is this the sort of true story from which a thriller novel could be born?


  1. Hi Bryan,
    Cool site...
    I wish you had a "follow" button (hint, hint). Yes, I can see a thriller coming from your failed Russian rocket launch. Easily. Writing it?
    Murder Lab

  2. Thanks Kris. I do have an idea for a future book in the series that I'm working on, but it's slightly different from this story. I like what you've done with your Blog.