Paul Gordon Collier
Spacex, a private satellite delivery company, has announced the successful launch and deployment of six communications satellites for the telecommunications company, ORBCOM. The launch occurred at Cape Canaveral. The satellites were delivered by the perfect, thus far, rocket, the Falcon 9. It marks the 10th consecutive satellite delivery by the Falcon 9 and the American-based Spacex. Here is the press release from the company:
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.
Spacex is the latest successful example of private enterprise entering the space race.