SpaceX Looks To Return To Flight Dec. 19 After Failed Mission Last June

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static fire of the Falcon 9 rocket Set Dec. 16

SpaceX is currently aiming for a December 16 static fire of the Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral, Florida in advance of the upcoming ORBCOMM-2 launch. (SpaceX image)

SpaceX is aiming for a December 16 static fire of the Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral in advance of the upcoming ORBCOMM-2 launch. (SpaceX image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SpaceX is aiming for a December 16 static fire of the Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in advance of the company’s upcoming ORBCOMM-2 launch set for December 19.

The static fire will verify the readiness of the Falcon 9 rocket, and once completed, ORBCOMM’S second OG2 Mission is targeted to launch about three days later between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

SpaceX has set Dec. 19 for the launch, which will be SpaceX’s return-to-flight mission after the a failed launch last June.

The launch of 11 next-generation OG2 satellites is part of ORBCOMM’s second and final OG2 Mission at Cape Canaveral.

According to ORBCOMM, the OG2 satellites are far more advanced than its current OG1 satellites designed to provide existing customers with significant enhancements, such as faster message delivery, larger message sizes and better coverage at higher latitudes, while drastically increasing network capacity.

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In addition, the OG2 satellites are equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) payload to receive and report transmissions from AIS-equipped vessels for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts, increasing asset visibility and the probability of detection for ORBCOMM’s AIS customers.

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