Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SpaceX posts new launch manifest

SpaceX has posted an updated launch manifest on its Web site, though it doesn't offer much detail on when launches will actually happen.

Target years are listed for when vehicles will arrive at their launch sites, not for planned launches.

According to that timeline, the company expects hardware to arrive in Cape Canaveral for two missions in 2012, four in 2013, five in 2014 and nine in 2015.

"Multiple" missions remain listed between 2011 and 2014 for the commercial customer Orbcomm. The first, at least, is expected to fly as a secondary payload on SpaceX's next demonstration flight for NASA.

The new manifest lists in more detail plans to launch eight Iridium communications satellites from California between 2015 and 2017.

There's still no confirmation yet of when the next cargo demonstration flight for NASA will launch to the International Space Station. The company has tentatively held Jan. 7 date with the Eastern Range, but the flight is expected later.

IMAGE: Last December, the second launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. Credit: SpaceX/Chris Thompson

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