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2014-May-08, 08:04 AM
Falcon 9 / ORBCOMM OG2 #1

May 10, 2014


6 commercial messaging satellites.

An F9 / ORBCOMM OG2 #2 mission later this year will launch another 11 OG2's.

NOAA is predicting 4-6 foot seas and light winds for the first stage landing zone. We may get much better video from this one.

Webcasts usually start 30-40 minutes before the launch window opens.





Static Fire Re-Scheduled: May 8,2014, T-0 1600Z (1200L)*
Window 1600Z-2000Z (1200L-1600L)

Launch scheduled: May 10, 2014
Launch window: 0947L-1040L

Alternate date: May 11, 2014,
Launch window: 0925L-1019L


Fact sheet: http://www.orbcomm.com/uploads/files/ORBCOMM_Prepares_for_OG2_Satellite_Launch_3-14-14.pdf

OG2 Mission 1 Update: May 6, 2014

Things are progressing well at the Cape. SpaceX conducted a flight readiness review yesterday and confirmed they are a “go” for May 10. Since then, the payload stack has been encapsulated by the fairing, and the entire stack is in the process of being attached to the rocket, which is expected to be completed late today. The next key step is the rocket being rolled out to the launch pad very early Thursday morning for the static test fire scheduled for mid-day Thursday. With a successful static test fire, we are on for a launch at 9:47 am ET on Saturday morning. Management expects to give an update and answer questions on the earnings call scheduled on Thursday, May 8, at 10:30 am ET.

2014-May-09, 03:34 PM
Launch delayed


SpaceX had to scrub its Static Fire Attempt of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying six Orbcomm Second Generation satellites on Friday due to an unspecified technical issue. The test had been pushed back on Thursday when teams dealt with a series of issues forcing them to let the window for the test expire and re-schedule the Hotfire Test for Friday. Orbcomm announced that the launch would be delayed at least until after the weekend, but range unavailability will likely push the mission into late May.

2014-May-12, 01:56 AM
There's a Delta IV launch this week, then an Atlas V after that. The other window mentioned for this month was around the 25th.

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2014-May-21, 05:01 PM
Launch now rescheduled to June 11, with a backup date of June 12 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Delay blamed on helium leak at different location.


After days of maintaining a silence in which was bred multiple industry rumors, Shanklin on May 20 gave a brief summary of what stopped the test firing on the day before the scheduled launch.

“The issue was a helium leak in a different location that wasn’t present during earlier tests,” Shaklin said. “We are thoroughly reviewing the stage before clearing it for flight, as we want to make sure that no further such issues occur. We are now targeting June 11th with June 12th as a backup.”

2014-Jun-20, 08:31 AM
Also at LiveStream. Both webcasts start at 5:30 PM Eastern


SpaceX ‏@SpaceX
Falcon 9 targeted to launch 6 ORBCOMM satellites tomorrow @ 6:08pm ET. LIVE launch webcast @




2014-Jun-21, 02:09 AM
Not tonight. From Spaceflightnow.com

SpaceX called off launch of a Falcon 9 rocket Friday after encountering an unexpected pressure decay on the launcher's second stage. Liftoff could be reset for as soon as Saturday if engineers clear the rocket for flight in time.

2014-Jun-21, 05:06 AM
Well, better late than boom.

2014-Jun-21, 01:24 PM

As of 8 a.m., 45th Space Wing says it plans to support 5:46 p.m. launch today of Falcon 9 with Orbcomm Generation 2 satellites.

The 45th adds: "Please watch the news for further developments."

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2014-Jun-21, 04:32 PM
Spaceflightnow.com agrees

The launch of six compact Orbcomm communications satellites from Cape Canaveral is on schedule for Saturday at 5:46 p.m. EDT (2146 GMT) after SpaceX scrubbed a launch attempt Friday to analyze pressure readings on the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage.

2014-Jun-21, 09:28 PM
They still need to improve their dispatch reliability.

2014-Jun-21, 09:48 PM
The latest:

NEW LAUNCH TIME. SpaceX is now targeting the end of tonight's launch window at 6:39 p.m. EDT (2239 GMT), according to the U.S. Air Force. No information was given on the reason for the delay.

2014-Jun-21, 10:21 PM
Been delayed again due to a pressure drop on the rocket's second stage.


The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying six Orbcomm Second Generation Satellites had to be scrubbed on Friday due to technical problems with the launch vehicle. Late in the countdown, a pressure drop on the rocket's second stage was noticed during regular pressure checks leading to a scrub of the launch when the team ran out of launch window time. When the next launch attempt can be made will be decided after inspections and reviews.

2014-Jun-23, 06:56 AM
Sunday washed out.

Next try Tuesday the 24th at about 4:30 PM. Webcasts on their site and Livestream/SpaceX as before.

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2014-Jun-24, 02:50 PM
From spaceflightnow.com (http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/140623delay/)

SpaceX and Orbcomm announced Monday they have pushed back the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral with six commercial communications satellites until at least the first week of July.

Officials said the delay gives engineers time to evaluate an unspecified issue found during pre-flight preparations Sunday, which forced SpaceX to call off a launch attempt for the third consecutive day.

2014-Jun-24, 03:33 PM
They still need to improve their dispatch reliability.


A delayed launch is much better than a failed launch, but repeated delays don't instill confidence in potential customers.

2014-Jun-24, 08:57 PM
Well, I'd get some confidence from multiple delays but no kabooms. To a certain extent, it indicates that the sensors can detect potential problems well. Then again, you don't want it to become a false positive festival of delays over non-issues.

In any case, I'd want to see the number of delays decrease as the number of launches increases, while keeping the number of kabooms very close to zero. SpaceX is doing well on the latter, still some progress to make on the former.

2014-Jun-25, 12:51 AM
For the record, to match Atlas V and Delta IV's timeline for their first 10 launches this bird would have to wait another 2-3 years.

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2014-Jul-13, 01:49 AM
OG2 Mission 1 Update: July 11, 2014

SpaceX has conducted the static fire test today, Friday July 11, at 3 pm local time in preparation for the launch of the OG2 satellites in a window that opens at 9:21 am local time on Monday.


2014-Jul-14, 02:02 PM
From Spaceflightnow.com (http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/010/status.html)

After a string of technical and weather-related delays, SpaceX engineers in Cape Canaveral are targeting liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket Monday with six machine-to-machine Orbcomm communications satellites designed to refresh the company's data relay network in low Earth orbit. Liftoff is set for 11:15 a.m. EDT

1345 GMT (9:45 a.m. EDT)
T-minus 90 minutes. SpaceX says its webcast will begin at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT). The video stream will end after the second stage reaches orbit, but before separation of the six Orbcomm satellites and the completion of the mission.
Apparently they have a 40 minute launch window.

2014-Jul-14, 04:18 PM
SpaceX Falcon 9 launches

After a string of technical and weather-related delays, a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Monday with six machine-to-machine Orbcomm communications satellites designed to refresh the company's data relay network in low Earth orbit. Liftoff occurred at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT).

the above was taken from spaceflightnow,com

2014-Jul-14, 04:57 PM
According to spaceflightnow.com, the satellite launch went well

Orbcomm chief executive Marc Eisenberg says all six satellites have separated. "6 for 6! Thanks SpaceX! Thanks Moog! We'll take it from here," Eisenberg posted on Twitter.

... but not so much for the first stage recovery.

An update on the Falcon 9 first stage recovery via Twitter from Elon Musk: "Rocket booster reentry, landing burn & leg deploy were good, but lost hull integrity right after splashdown (aka kaboom)."
"Detailed review of rocket telemetry needed to tell if due to initial splashdown or subsequent tip over and body slam," Musk tweeted.

2014-Jul-15, 09:41 AM
Worth nothing that if it was because of it tipping over rather than a hard landing that means it worked. It'd probably be nice to recover one intact but it's not really made for water landings.

2014-Jul-15, 05:37 PM
Nothing official yet, but it sounds like either wave action or the falling chimney effect (center of the tank buckled during tip-over)

2014-Jul-16, 07:38 AM
Let's hope so, that would mean that the landing itself was a success.

2014-Jul-16, 11:27 AM
Hopefully we get clean video this time. The NSF video team needs sleep.