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SpaceX aborts Falcon 9 rocket launch

Published time: June 20, 2014 21:21
Edited time: June 20, 2014 23:07
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SpaceX is set to launch ORBCOMM OG2 Mission 1 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, after aborting an attempted launch of its Falcon 9 rocket at the last minute Friday evening.

The mission is SpaceX’s 10th Falcon 9 mission, and will put six of Orbcomm Inc.’s next-generation communication satellites into orbit about 500 miles above Earth. The satellites were built by Sierra Nevada Corp. and Boeing. The satellites will be deployed one at a time, starting 15 minutes after liftoff, according to Universe Today.

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"For the most part, we're in the 'Internet of things.' We help commercial companies monitor their assets," Orbcomm Chief Executive Marc Eisenberg said in an interview with Reuters.

Each satellite in the $200 million, 17-member Orbcomm Generation 2, or OG2, constellation has more capacity than the entire existing 25-satellite network, he said. The six new additions will close gaps of 30 minutes to an hour where the current constellation is out of range.

"We're launching directly into that hole in the sky so the network is going to get dramatically quicker," Eisenberg said. OG2 spacecraft are designed to last 10 years.

Orbcomm spent $47 million for space on two Falcon 1 rockets that were retired in 2009. SpaceX moved the company to the larger Falcon 9s, but gave them the same price. The second Orbcomm mission will happen later this year.

"That would be priced today at about $120 million," Eisenberg said. "They kind of took it on the chin financially to make sure we had a path to space."

The launch was initially scheduled for May, but has been delayed several times due to technical problems with both companies’ equipment. SpaceX and Orbcomm previously worked together in October 2012, when the communications company launched a single satellite as a secondary payload to the CRS-1 Dragon mission to the International Space Station.

On Tuesday, SpaceX conducted a test flight of the Falcon 9 at the company’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. The rocket is launching in its more powerful v1.1 configuration with upgraded Merlin 1D engines, stretched fuel tanks, and the satellites encapsulated inside the payload fairing, Universe Today reported.

Comments (16)


John Pob 05.08.2014 16:21



Rasputin 22.06.2014 04:52

If the rocket blasted off on Saturday, I did not hear it?
I can always hear it and then see from my back yard.


Rasputin 22.06.2014 04:51

Slow Magic 21.06.2014 19:01

Luv ya SpaceX!
I could only dream about one day working for Elon...
He is a true dreamer and a real doer.

An American company that rose from nothing to become more technologically powerful then the worlds largest country (Russia).
This company will be at the heart of all future technologies for decades to come. Including zero point and the overthrow of fossil fuels! Oo Russia kiss your pathetic jealous hateful country good bye when fossil fuels are obsolete.


Whoa, another Steve Jobs personality cult! If so advanced, how about a fix for Fukushima? Then we talk.

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