SpaceX, a private space flight company that has been servicing the International Space Station (ISS) in recent years, is set to launch a group of commercial satellites to space today (June 20). Can’t attend the actual launch? Fear not, you can watch everything unfold live in a real-time, SpaceX webcast beginning at 5:35 p.m. EDT (that’s 2135 GMT). Liftoff is currently scheduled for 6:08 p.m. EDT. SpaceX’s upgraded Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites into orbit.
According to the website:
“ORBCOMM’s next generation OG2 satellites have advanced communications technologies and are significantly larger with an ‘X Factor’ that makes them even more powerful, efficient and cutting-edge. In fact, each OG2 satellite is the equivalent of six OG1 satellites, providing quicker service, enhancing coverage at higher latitudes and allowing for larger message sizes….The satellites are constantly in motion around the Earth to provide inherent network redundancy and minimize line of site issues for continuous global coverage. They also have significantly lower power requirements, allowing for more reliable travel patterns and a long functional life cycle. Each satellite is equipped with a VHF communication payload, so message delivery is unaffected by bad weather.”