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ORBCOMM OG2

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2012-054B

Description

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.

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    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)

    Discipline

    • Communications

    Additional Information

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

     
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