Falcon 9 Full Thrust
Orbcomm OG2 Mission 2

Falcon 9 Full Thrust | Orbcomm OG2 Mission 2

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) Rocket

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SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) rocket as part of the Orbcomm OG2 Mission 2 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Mon, Dec 21st, 2015, 8:29 PM EST from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) and experience the excitement for yourself. First successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage when it touched down at LZ-1.

Mission

Orbcomm OG2 Mission 2

11 next generation Orbcomm-2 F satellites will be launched into Low Earth Orbit to enhance Orbcomm’s existing M2M network. The satellites will feature larger message and better performance, as well as providing better global coverage. Each of the new second generation satellites will be equivalent to 6 first generation craft.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
SpaceX

Rocket

Falcon 9 Full Thrust

The Full Thrust variants first stage includes all systems necessary for an operational re-use of stages while the second stage is operated as an expendable rocket stage.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

First successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage when it touched down at LZ-1.

Falcon 9 booster B1019 is a first-stage reusable rocket booster for the Falcon 9 orbital launch vehicle manufactured by SpaceX. B1019 became the first orbital-class rocket that performed a successful return to launch site and vertical landing. The booster is now on permanent display outside SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California at the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Jack Northrop Avenue.

Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1)

LZ-1 Pad located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the previous LC-13

Return to Landing Site (RTLS)

A return to landing site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site landing near where it initially launched from.

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