Forecast good for SpaceX launch

( - The forecast looks good for SpaceX's planned 9:47 a.m. Saturday launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a six-pack of commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

There's a 70 percent chance of favorable conditions during the launch window extending to 10:41 a.m., according to the Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron.

SpaceX planned to test-fire a Falcon 9 rocket's main engines today at Launch Complex 40. There was no word by early evening on whether the test was complete and successful.

If the launch slips to Sunday, the forecast improves slightly to 80 percent "go."

The mission is the first of two planned this year for Orbcomm Inc., a New Jersey-based public company specializing in machine-to-machine communications that track the location and health of heavy equipment, truck trailers, rail cars and ships operating around the world.

This upcoming launch will attempt to place the first six Orbcomm Generation 2, or OG2, satellites in low Earth orbit. Eleven more satellites will follow late this year to fill out a constellation of 17.

"We're just a few hours away from the launch of our first OG2 satellite, and are eager to kick off a new chapter for Orbcomm," Chief Financial Officer Robert Costantini told investors Thursday during a conference call reporting quarterly financial results.

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