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VesselSat2 AIS satellite to be launched in January 2012

Fort Lee, US: LuxSpace, an affiliate of OHB System AG, confirmed that construction and testing of the LuxSpace VesselSat2 AIS satellite has been successfully completed. The satellite 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. It will be launched on January 10, 2012.
ORBCOMM; a leading global satellite data communications company, focused on Machine-to- Machine (M2M) communications; has the exclusive licensee for the AIS data collected by VesselSat2 as well as VesselSat1.
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.
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.
Source: www.orbcomm.com