The launch, of six Orbcomm machine-to-machine messaging satellites, has been rescheduled to June 11.
Because the Falcon 9 v1.1 is optimized to launch satellites weighing well under 5,000 kilograms, industry officials have been speculating for weeks on the mission profile of SES-9 and SES-10.
The company will not actually attempt to recover the rocket’s first stage following the launch.
The Air Force’s formal certification of Falcon 9 v1.1’s maiden launch was announced Feb. 25.
SES-10 will be built by Airbus Defence and Space and will operate from 67 degrees west, an orbital slot SES gained access to from the Andean Community of Nations in an unusual arrangement with satellite slot and frequency regulators at the International Telecommunication Union.
If the rocket is certified, SpaceX would become the first new competitive entrant in the EELV program.
The U.S. Air Force expects to decide by early 2014 if the maiden launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket will count toward a new process to qualify the company to launch national security assets.
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The Sept. 29 reignition failure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket was caused when the engine’s igniter fluid lines froze following exposure to oxygen and prevented a full second burn.
SES on Oct. 8 said its SES-8 telecommunications satellite had arrived in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to prepare for a November launch aboard the new SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket.
SES has authorized the shipment of its SES-8 satellite to Florida to prepare for the first fully commercial launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket despite the ongoing concerns of insurance officials that the Falcon 9 v1.1’s Sept. 29 demonstration flight did not meet the stated objectives.
The satellite fleet operator wants to know why SpaceX’s new-version Falcon 9 failed to perform a planned reignition of its upper stage.
The speculation was spawned in part since the Space Surveillance Network is tracking more orbital objects associated with the launch than expected.
Once a market pioneer, Lockheed Martin in recent years has barely averaged one commercial contract annually.
SpaceX successfully debuted a new and more powerful variant of its Falcon 9.