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Orbcomm plans launch of OG2 satellites this week

Steve Rogerson
December 17, 2015
 
SpaceX is planning to conduct the static fire of its Falcon 9 rocket this week, which will launch eleven next generation OG2 satellite as part of Orbcomm's second and final OG2 Mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
 
Once the static fire is completed to verify the readiness of the Falcon 9 rocket, Orbcomm's second OG2 Mission is targeted to launch about three days later. The OG2 satellites are more advanced than the current OG1 satellites and are designed to provide existing customers with significant enhancements, such as faster message delivery, larger message sizes and better coverage at higher latitudes, while increasing network capacity.
 
In addition, the OG2 satellites are equipped with an automatic identification system (AIS) payload to receive and report transmissions from AIS-equipped vessels for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts, increasing asset visibility and the probability of detection for AIS customers.
 
Orbcomm is a global provider of M2M communications and the only commercial satellite network dedicated to M2M. Its combination of global satellite, cellular and dual-mode network connectivity, hardware, web reporting applications and software is claimed to be the M2M industry's most complete service offering.
 
The company can remotely track, monitor and control fixed and mobile assets in core vertical markets including transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, industrial fixed assets, oil and gas, maritime, mining, and government. It has more than 1.3 million subscribers with a customer base including premier OEMs such as Caterpillar, Doosan Infracore, Hitachi Construction Machinery, John Deere, Komatsu and Volvo Construction Equipment, as well as end-to-end customers such as C&S Wholesale, Canadian National Railways, CR England, Hub Group, KLLM Transport Services, Marten Transport, Swift Transportation, Target, Tropicana, Tyson Foods, Walmart and Werner Enterprises.