Дата: 19 июня 2008 (2008-06-19)
От: Oleg Vassilyev
Тема: Russia Set To Launch Batch Of Orbcomm Birds Today
Hello, All !
Russia Set To Launch Batch Of Orbcomm Birds Today
File image of a Cosmos-3M launch.
by Staff Writers
Fort Lee NJ (SPX) Jun 19, 2008
Orbcomm has announced that it intends to launch six satellites; the Coast Guard
Concept Demonstration satellite and five Quick Launch satellites on June 19,
2008 from the Russian Kapustin Yar launch facility at approximately 2:30 am
The satellites have completed all required inspections, functional testing,
fueling and integration onto the launch vehicle adapter.
The satellites will be launched using a Cosmos 3M launch vehicle, which has a
service record that includes more than 420 successful launches.
The Coast Guard Concept Demonstration and Quick Launch satellites will have
higher capacity to enhance Orbcomm's network performance and will be placed in
an optimum orbit to augment current satellites, providing faster message
delivery for the company's new and existing customers.
In addition, these satellites are equipped with Automatic Identification System
(AIS) payloads to receive and report transmissions from AIS-equipped maritime
Orbcomm intends to market this AIS data to U.S. and international coast guards
and government agencies, as well as to companies whose businesses require such
ship tracking and other navigational activities.
These satellites represent the first stage of Orbcomm's multi-year satellite
upgrade plan and will make Orbcomm the only satellite company providing
worldwide commercial AIS data services.
Russia to launch six U.S. communication satellites into orbit
Moscow (RIA Novosti) A Russian carrier rocket will orbit on Thursday six U.S.
commercial satellites, Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on
Wednesday. The launch of the Cosmos-3M carrier rocket with Orbcomm satellites
on board has been scheduled for 10:36 Moscow time (6:36 GMT) from the Kapustin
Yar military testing site in southern Russia.
Orbcomm is the world's first commercial global wireless data and messaging
system. The system uses low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide
cost-effective tracking, monitoring and messaging capabilities to and from
anywhere in the world. Orbcomm currently operates 29 satellites in six orbital
planes that provide worldwide coverage.
These satellites are relatively small in size, weighing less than one hundred
pounds and measuring only 42 inches in diameter and six inches in height. The
Cosmos 3M is a liquid-fueled two-stage rocket, first launched in 1967, with
over 410 successful launches to date. The booster has been designed to lift a
payload of up to 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs) into low, medium, and high orbits.
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