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exactView 9 (EV 9)

exactView 9 (EV 9) [UTIAS]

exactView 9 (EV 9) will form part of the exactEarth (COM DEV) AIS constellation to monitor ship movements through busy shipping channels and harbours and to provide information on global shipping movements.

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a self-organizing TMDA radiocommunication system used for the identification and location of maritime vessels. AIS transponders are required by the International Maritime Organization on all vessels over 300 tonnes and all passenger vessels. Communication is line-of-sight, allowing countries to monitor ships within about 50 km of their shores. A space-based platform allows monitoring of much larger areas, especially in areas that are difficult to monitor through more traditional base station means.

EV9 incorporates high performance three-axis attitude control, a next generation Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver for high ship-detection rates, and a high speed downlink transmitter for high data volume transfers. The satellite is designed to operate in a low inclination orbit to service some of the more remote and not-as-well covered areas of Earth.

The 5.5-kilogram nanosatellite, with body dimensions of 20 × 20 × 20 cm, uses deployable antennas and is based on SFL’s Generic Nanosatellite Bus. The satellite incorporates technological improvements and advances that enable it to perform more data intensive missions than previously possible in such a small package.

Nation: Canada
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: exactEarth / COM DEV
Contractors: UTIAS
Equipment: AIS transponder
Configuration: Generic Nanosatellite Bus (GNB)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 5.5 kg
Orbit: low inclination orbit
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
exactView 9 (EV 9) 2015-052C 28.09.2015 Sr FLP PSLV-XL with AstroSat, LAPAN A2, Lemur-2 1, Lemur-2 2, Lemur-2 3, Lemur-2 4

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