Author Topic: LIVE: SpaceX Falcon 9 FT - ORBCOMM-2 - SLC-40 - Dec 21, 2015 - UPDATES  (Read 387109 times)

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FCC application for the barge landing, coordinates would put the support boat in the area shown below. Barge within 10 nautical miles of it. NET date is stated as december 10th.

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And there's the stage that was spotted by the Facebook guy!

Confirmed arrival from the ORBCOMM CEO:
Marc Eisenberg
Stage 1 arrives at the cape.

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To mark the shipping of the first stage (using an opportunity to get an OG-2 overview via William Graham too):

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Completes Shipment of 11 Satellites for ORBCOMM’s OG2 Mission 2 Launch

SPARKS, Nev. (Nov. 30, 2015) –Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has delivered 11 ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites to the launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for ORBCOMM’s upcoming OG2 Mission 2 launch aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which is targeted for mid-December 2015.  As the prime contractor for ORBCOMM’s OG2 satellites, SNC is responsible for the design, manufacture and integration of the OG2 satellites in the constellation. 

“SNC looks forward to completing the OG2 constellation with the delivery of 11 flight-proven and highly-capable satellites for the Mission 2 launch,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems. “These 11 satellites were integrated and tested in a high-volume production environment, demonstrating our ability to efficiently integrate and produce constellations in this class. In addition to the design and build of all OG2 satellites, SNC will also support launch, in-orbit testing and deployment of these satellites simultaneously from our Satellite Operations Center in Louisville, Colorado.”

SNC successfully completed the Pre-Ship Review in late October 2015, and soon thereafter, all 11 satellites were shipped to the launch site, initiating launch operations. During launch operations, with the support of SNC engineers and technicians, the OG2 satellites will undergo further post-transport testing, fueling and inspection. This approach builds upon the OG2 Mission 1 launch and deployment of six spacecraft in July 2014.  Following the launch and the completion of in-orbit testing, the spacecraft will be incorporated into ORBCOMM’s global machine-to-machine (M2M) communications network, consisting of the Mission 1 OG2 spacecraft currently in operation as well as ORBCOMM’s Generation 1 (OG1) spacecraft.  ORBCOMM’s ubiquitous M2M network provides tracking, monitoring and control services for remote and mobile assets in core markets including transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, industrial fixed assets, oil and gas, maritime and government.

“ORBCOMM and SNC are pleased to be in the final stages of the launch and test of our advanced next generation OG2 satellites,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s chief executive officer. “We expect to be offering our customers in Q1 2016, an enhanced, more efficient communications network, significantly increasing network capacity, coverage and performance, including an Automatic Identification System (AIS) payload on every spacecraft.”

All OG2 spacecraft are based on SNC’s flight-proven SN-100 satellite bus, which can be tailored to support a variety of applications, including communication, Earth observation, weather and space science. The SN-100 is designed for a five-year-minimum life and utilizes a modular payload deck that can be rapidly integrated and tested using highly automated scripts to test all functions. This allows the baseline satellite to be quickly and cost-effectively configured to meet the needs of many customers.

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Quote from: James Dean ‏@flatoday_jdean
SpaceX hopes to land next F9 booster on land at "Landing Complex-1" at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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James Dean of Florida Today has published a story on it now, to go a bit beyond the Twitter posts.

Here's the link to the article.
Re arguments from authority on NSF:  "no one is exempt from error, and errors of authority are usually the worst kind.  Taking your word for things without question is no different than a bracket design not being tested because the designer was an old hand."
"You would actually save yourself time and effort if you were to use evidence and logic to make your points instead of wrapping yourself in the royal mantle of authority.  The approach only works on sheep, not inquisitive, intelligent people."

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Per L2 the launch window is pretty long.

December 15: 2154-0054 local.

Static Fire early next week.

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It may not impact too much on the projection of a static fire this week (don't need the payload on top for this static fire I believe), but collating from the discussion thread, Orbcomm are saying NET 19th likely.

Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes  14m14 minutes ago
Orbcomm: Best-guess estimate of Falcon 9 Upgrade launch of our 11 sats is Dec. 19. With the usual caveats.

Hat tip goes to:  <---which he seemed to have deleted afterwards, but it was about the 19th.

SpaceX aren't saying anything at this time, because they never do give running commentary on NETs at the best of times, never mind a RTF flow. All dates are very much NETs anyway, until closer the time.

Per the goal of respecting that - but also keeping folk up to date as much as possible - we only add documented (L2, etc) dates to this thread (the Static Fire NET and launch windows are documented). I'll add again if they realign those documented windows to the 19th NET.

Continue the discussion in the discussion thread so as to keep this update thread as a quick view status update.
« Last Edit: 12/07/2015 12:54 pm by Chris Bergin »

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Mark Eisenberg 25min ago:

"All satellites fully fueled and attached to the rings.  Waiting on SpaceX to confirm launch date."

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Elon made the official announcement:

"Aiming for Falcon rocket static fire at Cape Canaveral on the 16th and launch about three days later"

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Window is 20:25 to 23:25 local time for the 19th.

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ORBCOMM Announces Target Launch Schedule for Second OG2 Mission

 SpaceX to conduct static fire of its Falcon 9 rocket next week   

ROCHELLE PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, today 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.

ORBCOMM’s 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. 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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Here's the full resolution image.

Update from SpaceX

"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. The launch of 11 next-generation OG2 satellites is part of ORBCOMM's second and final OG2 Mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  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 8pm and 9pm ET. For updates, visit and"
« Last Edit: 12/12/2015 01:16 am by Steven Pietrobon »
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A first look at the fairing beside the #satellite payload for the @SpaceX ORBCOMM #OG2 launch @SNCspacesystems

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ORBCOMM OG2 Mission 2 Launch Update (From Orbcomm)

6h ago

"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."
Watched B1019 land in person 21/12/2015.

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Marc Eisenberg (CEO of ORBCOMM) is on talk show. I'm sure it'll be archived, but it was cutting in and out.

Main news is he said the launch is still on for "the next few days".

Static Fire should be tomorrow (he didn't reference that, but that was the latest).

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We are still expecting a Static Fire Test attempt later today. If we get word of a test, I'll post here (as I'll likely have an article ready to go too, but I'll update regardless) - but there is the obvious caveat that the engines firing up is just part of the test. Needs to be the parameters of the firing (a good firing on all nine engines), then a data review follows and then there's the LRR (Launch Readiness Review). SpaceX *may* tweet something later (which would be the official word), based on one of those milestones too.