by Staff Writers
Fort Lee, NJ (SPX) Dec 29, 2011
LuxSpace, an affiliate of OHB System AG, has confirmed that construction and testing of the LuxSpace VesselSat2 AIS satellite has been successfully completed.
The spacecraft has been shipped to the China Great Wall Industry Corporation's Tiayuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) in the Ganso Province of the People's Republic of China. The target launch date for VesselSat2 is set for January 10, 2012.
ORBCOMM is the exclusive licensee for the AIS data collected by VesselSat2 as well as VesselSat1, which was launched into an equatorial orbit on October 12, 2012, and is now providing full commercial service.
VesselSat2 will be launched into a polar orbit, providing complete coverage of the Earth, including the North and South Poles. VesselSat1 and VesselSat2 will also supplement ORBCOMM's next generation (OG2) constellation of 18 AIS-enabled satellites that currently are under construction.
ORBCOMM is a leading global satellite data communications company, focused on Machine-to- Machine (M2M) communications.
By means of a global network of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites and accompanying ground infrastructure, ORBCOMM's low-cost and reliable two-way data communication services track, monitor and control mobile and fixed assets across the commercial transportation; heavy equipment; industrial fixed assets; and marine/homeland security sectors.
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Soyuz poised for Globalstar second-generation satellite launch at Baikonur
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (SPX) Dec 28, 2011
Another Soyuz is ready for liftoff at the service of Arianespace - with this workhorse launcher to carry six Globalstar second-generation satellites in a mission scheduled for tomorrow night from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It will be the third of four flights contracted to Arianespace for the orbiting of 24 second-generation spacecraft in Globalstar's mobile satellite voice and ... read more
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