SpaceX Orbcomm Launch Lifts Off At 11:15 a.m.

By  //  July 14, 2014

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:15 a.m., sending ORBCOMM’s next-generation satellites on their way into permanent orbit.

The satellites will help Orbcomm clients track ships, trucks, cargo containers, remote oil and gas infrastructure, weather buoys, research stations and other assets.

ORIGINAL POST: Sunday, July 13, 2014

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – SpaceX is set to launch oa Falcon 9 rocket Monday with six Orbcomm communications satellites designed to refresh the company’s data relay network in low Earth orbit.

SpaceX is set to launch oa Falcon 9 rocket Monday with six Orbcomm communications satellites designed to refresh the company's data relay network in low Earth orbit. (SpaceX image)

SpaceX is set to launch oa Falcon 9 rocket Monday with six Orbcomm communications satellites designed to refresh the company’s data relay network in low Earth orbit. (SpaceX image)

The satellites will help Orbcomm clients track ships, trucks, cargo containers, remote oil and gas infrastructure, weather buoys, research stations and other assets.

Liftoff is set for 9:21 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. The launch window closes at 11:54 a.m. EDT.

SpaceX completed a successful prelaunch engine firing on Friday  and will once again review data from the static engine firing before clearing the Falcon 9 rocket for liftoff on Monday.

RELAYED: Falcon 9 Launch From Cape Scrubbed Again

A helium leak and problems with one of the satellites has delayed the mission since May.

SpaceX delayed the launch last Sunday of the Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of six Orbcomm commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 40 indicating that more testing was needed on one of the six satellites.

Monday’s launch is the first of two to deploy 17 satellites.

The weather forecast issued by the 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch.  

Monday’s launch is the first of two to deploy 17 satellites and according to Orbcomm, the company’s investment in the second-generation satellite fleet, which replaces the company’s aging spacecraft already in orbit, is worth approximately $230 million.


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