Orbcomm OG2 scheduled for launch today

UPDATE: Launch currently scheduled for Sunday, June 22 at 5:30 pm ET

Orbcomm OG2 is scheduled for launch today. The launch window opens at 6:08pm EDT.

image: SpaceX

image credit: SpaceX

The ORBCOMM OG2 mission will launch six OG2 satellites, the first six of a series of OG2 satellites launching on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 vehicle.

But of course everyone is waiting to see the landing attempt…

” the light payload leaves more room for fuel, and gives us fuel for what we are most excited about here: the landing attempt. The excess fuel will be used for a landing like this one, except this will be over water. A landing attempt was successfully executed in the last flight as well (the rocket came to a halt over the ocean’s surface before taking a swim). Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, the footage returned from that landing was shaky at best; though efforts to repair the returned footage have been quite impressive. This attempt will be happening significantly closer to shore AND with far superior recovery ships in the area. Though the stage certainly won’t be in flying shape, chances are looking pretty good that we will see humanity’s first-ever recovered flyback stage!”  -user Ambiwlans at Reddit

this weeks landing test. Check out the Grid Fins!

important links:

OrbComm Launch coverage
Watch the launch live HERE

spacex.com
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youtube.com/spacex

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