Falcon 9’s near-term manifest coming into focus | Spaceflight Now
SpaceX’s launch of a cluster of communications satellites for Orbcomm, set for as soon as next weekend, holds the headlines, but the company’s Falcon 9 rocket could fly at least four times in the next two months, assuming smooth launch campaigns and no glitches.
The launch of 11 message relay satellites for Orbcomm, set for no earlier than Dec. 19, will be the first Falcon 9 flight since a June 28 failure grounded SpaceX’s commercial workhorse.
Mounted on a ring atop the Falcon 9 rocket, the Orbcomm satellites — each about the size of a dishwasher — will be deployed into orbit approximately 400 miles (643 kilometers) above Earth after blasting off from Cape Canaveral and steering northeast from Florida’s Space Coast.
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