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SpaceX looks at July 14 for launch

July 2, 2014

By Chris Forrester

Rocket launch specialists SpaceX is looking to loft six much-delayed Orbcomm data satellites on July 14th and 15th.  The launch site at Cape Canaveral, administered by the US Air Force, is reportedly reviewing the request from SpaceX, although the launch company has made no comment.

SpaceX is contracted to launch a total of 17 much-needed Orbcomm satellites this year but had to scrub 3 attempts in June due to weather and technical issues.

SpaceX, in a statement, says only that delays provide the necessary time for checks and ensuring mission safety.

While the Orbcomm craft are not geo-stationary and do not carry TV channels, their delayed launch is holding up satellites that are needed for TV broadcasting, not least a pair of AsiaSat craft.

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