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SpaceX¡¯s Falcon 9 finally launches Orbcomm OG2 mission

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The latest attempt ¨C from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral ¨C launched at 11:15 am local time, following a slight delay due to Ground Support Equipment (GSE) issue.

Falcon 9 v1.1 Mission:

SpaceX¡¯s first Orbcomm launch consisted of a single satellite deployed as a secondary payload to the CRS-1 Dragon mission to the ISS in October 2012.

This ended in failure after a first stage engine malfunction left the rocket unable to reach the Orbcomm¡¯s designated deployment orbit, despite unloading its Dragon payload successfully.

As a result the satellite was left in an unusable orbit from which it quickly decayed, unable to fulfil its mission. This anomaly, overall a partial failure, remains the only blemish on the Falcon 9¡äs launch record.

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