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Falcon 9 Launches ORBCOMM OG2 Satellites to Orbit
Today, SpaceX executed a successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket. This is the tenth consecutive successful launch of the Falcon 9.
Falcon 9 lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 11:15 AM ET, lofting a constellation of six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites to orbit. This launch was the first in a series of ORBCOMM’s OG2 machine-to-machine communications satellites launching on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 vehicle. All six ORBCOMM satellites deployed on target.
ORBCOMM’s OG2 satellites will provide existing customers with significant enhancements, such as faster message delivery, larger message sizes and better coverage at higher latitudes, while dramatically increasing network capacity.
Below is a mission summary in pictures.
The Falcon 9 rocket in SpaceX’s hangar at Cape Canaveral, prior to launch.
Falcon 9 on SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., with six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites encapsulated within Falcon 9’s payload fairing.
At 11:15am ET on July 14, 2014, Falcon 9 lifted off from SpaceX’s LC-40 at Cape Canaveral.
The first stage performed as expected, reaching 1.5 million pounds of thrust once in the vacuum of space.
Approximately 165 seconds into flight, the first and second stages separated. Shortly after, Falcon 9’s second-stage Merlin vacuum engine ignited to begin a six minute, 46 second burn to bring the satellites to orbit.Early in this burn, the payload fairing separated.
Satellite deployment began approximately 15 minutes into flight. All six satellites deployed into their target orbits successfully, and Falcon 9 met 100 percent of mission objectives.