14.10.2011 at 7:30 CET, the first Luxembourg built satellite „VesselSat1“ was launched from the Indian launch site Sriharikota on board a PSLV rocket into a near-equatorial orbit. About 2 hours later, at 9:24 CET, first contact was established with the satellite through the ORBCOMM Malaysian ground station. Vesselsat1 was designed and built by LuxSpace Sarl, an affiliate of OHB AG (Prime
Standard, ISIN: DE0005936124) in only one year. The exclusive rights to use the data of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) payload belong to ORBCOMM Inc., a global supplier of satellite-based communication and data services.
Vesselsat1 weighs 28 kg and will be integrated into ORBCOMM’s Next Generation (OG2) constellation of 18 AIS-enabled satellites after an in-orbit test and checkout phase. The specific orbit of the VesselSat1 satellite will allow ship monitoring and surveillance in the equatorial regions with a much higher revisit frequency than platforms in polar orbit.
A second satellite, VesselSat2, is almost complete and will also be launched this year. Like VesselSat1, it will be integrated into the OG2 system and ORBCOMM’s Satellite AIS Service as well.

Kontakt: Jochen Harms
Managing Director
LuxSpace Sarl
Tel.: +352 267890 4020
Fax: +352 267890 4049
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