SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket and deployed all 11 ORBCOMM OG2 satellites in nominal orbits. SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 at its Cape Canaveral landing pad.
We have an update regarding tonight’s target launch for ORBCOMM’s OG2 Mission 2. Upon further review of the static fire data, SpaceX has determined that an additional day prior to launch will
allow for more analysis and time to further chill the liquid oxygen in preparation for launch.
Please note that we will now be targeting launch for tomorrow, Monday, December 21 at 8:33 pm ET
We are excited to report SpaceX completed their static fire test of Falcon 9 this evening. We are now targeting ORBCOMM’s OG2 Mission 2 launch for no earlier than Sunday, December 20 at 8:29 PM ET from launch pad SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The Falcon 9 rocket remains vertical at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The teams will continue working towards a static fire today to verify the rocket's readiness and aim towards launching a few days after the static fire is completed.
We’ve got an exciting week ahead as we get ready for ORBCOMM’s upcoming OG2 Mission 2 launch. All 11 OG2 satellites are fueled and stacked on the satellite dispenser, so they are ready to launch. SpaceX has integrated the two stages of the Falcon 9 rocket and encapsulated the fairing around the satellite stack. The encapsulated fairing is targeted to be mated to the Falcon 9 early tomorrow (Tuesday, December 15). SpaceX is currently aiming for a static fire of the Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday, December 16. Once the static fire is completed to verify the readiness of the rocket, ORBCOMM’s second OG2 Mission is targeted to launch about three days later at around 8:30 PM ET.
ORBCOMM has announced that SpaceX is planning to conduct the static fire of its Falcon 9 rocket on December 16, 2015, which will launch eleven next generation OG2 satellites as part of ORBCOMM’s second and final OG2 Mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Once the static fire is completed to verify the readiness of the Falcon 9 rocket, ORBCOMM’s second OG2 Mission is targeted to launch about three days later between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM ET. View News Release
ORBCOMM OG2 is the world's first and only commercial satellite network 100% dedicated to M2M. The ORBCOMM network uses low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide reliable and cost-effective M2M communications to and from in the most remote areas of the world.
ORBCOMM satellites are constantly in motion around the Earth, providing inherent network redundancy and minimizing line-of-sight issues for continuous global coverage. Each satellite’s VHF frequency furthers signal propagation and message delivery is unaffected by bad weather. In addition, the optimized message size is ideal for M2M applications.
What’s New in OG2?
ORBCOMM is continuously updating its network to improve global coverage and enhance performance and reliability for our customers around the world. With the launch of 17 new, more capable next generation OG2 satellites ORBCOMM is taking its industry-leading satellite service to the next level.
Each OG2 satellite will offer up to six times the data access and up to twice the transmission rate of an existing OG1 satellite. Each OG2 satellite is the equivalent of six OG1 satellites, providing faster message delivery, larger message sizes and better coverage at higher latitudes, while significantly increasing network capacity.
Robust Ground Infrastructure
ORBCOMM's proven ground infrastructure enables worldwide M2M satellite messaging. Our 16 Gateway Earth Stations in 13 countries track and establish two-way satellite communications, while our Gateway Control Centers process the data and provide the interconnection to terrestrial communications networks. Our Network Control Center in Sterling, VA serves as the focal point for managing our satellite constellation and ensuring reliable message delivery.
“We work with some of the largest commercial fleets in the world, and our customers require a solid and cost-effective communications platform to ensure their drivers and mobile assets are safe and productive. ORBCOMM’s ubiquitous global network enhances the data transmission infrastructure that supports inthinc’s telematics platform for managing fleet activities in real time.”
Kevin Mitchell, Vice President of Operations, inthinc, inc.
ORBCOMM is a single source provider of multi-network connectivity, leading edge devices and powerful applications for industries including transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, oil and gas, maritime and government.