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CRS-1, ORBCOMM OG2 launch

By: RocketGirl
Space X launched a  Falcon 9 on Sunday night from the Air Force Eastern Test Range in Florida carrying the Dragon spacecraft (CRS-1) and Orbcomm OG2 to orbit. Dragon's mission is the first commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. Docking with the space station is scheduled to take place on Wednesday and will leave the space station on October 28; it will return to Earth with experiment samples and gear. This is the first US resupply mission since the shuttle was retired. Also aboard the Falcon 9 was ORBCOMM OG2, the first prototype of its second generation of satellites. However, due to an anomaly with one of the Falcon 9's first stage engines, the satellite was placed in an orbit lower than planned. Engineers are working to determine if the satellite can be raised to its operational orbit. The NORAD catalog (or SSC) number for CRS-1 (Dragon) is 38846 and for ORBCOMM OG2 is 38847. These will be available in the STK satellite database shortly. Stay up-to-date with the latest launches by subscribing to AGI Launch Notifications.
Posted: 10/9/2012 2:57:32 PM