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The prototype second generation Orbcomm satellite was carried as a secondary payload on the launch vehicle. It is equipped with upgraded communications equipment and offers a location system for shipping using AIS (Automatic Identification Service) radio transmissions. At 01:37 UTC, it was released into a lower-than planned orbit.

During the ascent, engine No 1 shut down early and the Falcon 9 completed the first part of its mission by extra-long firings of the other eight engines. On reaching orbit it was in a location that made it unsafe to re-start the upper stage to complete the Orbcomm launch because of ISS safety requirements.

Alternate Names

  • 38847

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-10-08
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 142 kg

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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