ORBCOMM parters with OHB on two satellites
ORBCOMM today announced that it and OHB System have entered into an agreement to build and launch two AIS enabled satellites.
The AIS Satellite Deployment and License Agreement provides for OHB, through its affiliate LuxSpace, to construct and launch two AIS microsatellites and provide the required ground support equipment.
ORBCOMM will receive exclusive licenses for AIS data collected by these two satellites and nonexclusive licenses for a third satellite (Pathfinder 3), expected to be launched by LuxSpace. These two satellites, planned to be launched in the second quarter of 2011, will provide additional coverage and AIS data in the polar and equatorial regions and will supplement ORBCOMM’s constellation of 18 AIS enabled next generation satellites that are planned to begin being launched next year.
This constellation and existing worldwide ground infrastructure is designed to provide AIS users the most comprehensive and near real-time coverage of any satellite system.
LuxSpace has successfully demonstrated its expertise in satellite AIS with the launch of Pathfinder 2 in September 2009, which continues to provide AIS data, and its LUXAIS AIS receiver on board the International Space Station, which is expected to be activated in October 2010.