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Orbcomm FM1 - FM43

Orbcomm [OSC]

Orbcomm is a commercial global wireless data and messaging system. The Orbcomm System uses low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide cost-effective tracking, monitoring and messaging capabilities to and from anywhere in the world. Similar to two-way paging or e-mail, the system is capable of sending and receiving two-way alphanumeric packets of data. These short, economical messages increase the efficiency of remote operations by making critical information readily available, often from areas beyond the geographic and economic reach of traditional systems.

The Orbcomm constellation consists of up to 36 small communications satellites in orbit 825 kilometers above the Earth. The satellites act as “orbiting packet routers” built to “grab” small data packets from ground sensors or communicators and relay them through a ground station.

Orbcomm satellites have also been used for relaying messages from orbit to the ground from Rubin test satellites.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication (Data)
Operator: Orbcomm
Contractors: Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC)
Equipment: Orbcomm payload
Configuration: MicroStar
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 4 years
Mass: 40 kg (#1 - 28); 45 kg (#29 - 36)
Orbit: 728 km × 747 km, 70 (#1, 2); 812 km × 823 km, 108 (#3, 4); 720 km × 720 km, 45 (#5-36)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Orbcomm FM01 (F1) 1995-017A 03.04.1995 Va, L-1011, RW30/12 Pegasus-H with OrbView 1, Orbcomm FM2
Orbcomm FM02 (F2) 1995-017B 03.04.1995 Va, L-1011, RW30/12 Pegasus-H with OrbView 1, Orbcomm FM1
Orbcomm FM03 (G1) 1998-007B 10.02.1998 Va 576E Taurus-2210 with GFO, Orbcomm-FM4, Celestis 03
Orbcomm FM04 (G2) 1998-007C 10.02.1998 Va 576E Taurus-2210 with GFO, Orbcomm-FM3, Celestis 03
Orbcomm FM05 (A1) 1997-084A 23.12.1997 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm FM6, FM7, FM8, FM9, FM10, FM11, FM12
Orbcomm FM06 (A2) 1997-084B 23.12.1997 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 5, FM7, FM8, FM9, FM10, FM11, FM12
Orbcomm FM07 (A3) 1997-084C 23.12.1997 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 5, FM6, FM8, FM9, FM10, FM11, FM12
Orbcomm FM08 (A4) 1997-084D 23.12.1997 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 5, FM6, FM7, FM9, FM10, FM11, FM12
Orbcomm FM09 (A5) 1997-084E 23.12.1997 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 5, FM6, FM7, FM8, FM10, FM11, FM12
Orbcomm FM10 (A6) 1997-084F 23.12.1997 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 5, FM6, FM7, FM8, FM9, FM11, FM12
Orbcomm FM11 (A7) 1997-084G 23.12.1997 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 5, FM6, FM7, FM8, FM9, FM10, FM12
Orbcomm FM12 (A8) 1997-084H 23.12.1997 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 5, FM6, FM7, FM8, FM9, FM10, FM11
Orbcomm FM13 (B1) 1998-046H 02.08.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm FM14, FM15, FM16, FM17, FM18, FM19, FM20
Orbcomm FM14 (B2) 1998-046G 02.08.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 13, FM15, FM16, FM17, FM18, FM19, FM20
Orbcomm FM15 (B2) 1998-046F 02.08.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 13, FM14, FM16, FM17, FM18, FM19, FM20
Orbcomm FM16 (B4) 1998-046E 02.08.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 13, FM14, FM15, FM17, FM18, FM19, FM20
Orbcomm FM17 (B5) 1998-046A 02.08.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 13, FM14, FM15, FM16, FM18, FM19, FM20
Orbcomm FM18 (B6) 1998-046B 02.08.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 13, FM14, FM15, FM16, FM17, FM19, FM20
Orbcomm FM19 (B7) 1998-046C 02.08.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 13, FM14, FM15, FM16, FM17, FM18, FM20
Orbcomm FM20 (B8) 1998-046D 02.08.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 13, FM14, FM15, FM16, FM17, FM18, FM19
Orbcomm FM21 (C1) 1998-053A 23.09.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 22, FM23, FM24, FM25, FM26, FM27, FM28
Orbcomm FM22 (C2) 1998-053B 23.09.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 21, FM23, FM24, FM25, FM26, FM27, FM28
Orbcomm FM23 (C3) 1998-053C 23.09.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 21, FM22, FM24, FM25, FM26, FM27, FM28
Orbcomm FM24 (C4) 1998-053D 23.09.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 21, FM22, FM23, FM25, FM26, FM27, FM28
Orbcomm FM25 (C5) 1998-053E 23.09.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 21, FM22, FM23, FM24, FM26, FM27, FM28
Orbcomm FM26 (C6) 1998-053F 23.09.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 21, FM22, FM23, FM24, FM25, FM27, FM28
Orbcomm FM27 (C7) 1998-053G 23.09.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 21, FM22, FM23, FM24, FM25, FM26, FM28
Orbcomm FM28 (C8) 1998-053H 23.09.1998 WI, L-1011 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 21, FM22, FM23, FM24, FM25, FM26, FM27
Orbcomm FM29 (D1) - not launched Pegasus-XL HAPS rebuilt as TACSAT 1
Orbcomm FM30 (D2) 1999-065A 04.12.1999 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 31, FM32, FM33, FM34, FM35, FM36
Orbcomm FM31 (D3) 1999-065B 04.12.1999 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 30, FM32, FM33, FM34, FM35, FM36
Orbcomm FM32 (D4) 1999-065C 04.12.1999 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 30, FM31, FM33, FM34, FM35, FM36
Orbcomm FM33 (D5) 1999-065D 04.12.1999 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 30, FM31, FM32, FM34, FM35, FM36
Orbcomm FM34 (D6) 1999-065G 04.12.1999 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 30, FM31, FM32, FM33, FM35, FM36
Orbcomm FM35 (D7) 1999-065F 04.12.1999 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 30, FM31, FM32, FM33, FM34, FM36
Orbcomm FM36 (D8) 1999-065E 04.12.1999 WI, L-1011, RW04/22 Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 30, FM31, FM32, FM33, FM34, FM35
Orbcomm FM37 (E1) - cancelled Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 38, FM39, FM40, FM41, FM42, FM43
Orbcomm FM38 (E2) - cancelled Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 37, FM39, FM40, FM41, FM42, FM43
Orbcomm FM39 (E3) - cancelled Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 37, FM38, FM40, FM41, FM42, FM43
Orbcomm FM40 (E4) - cancelled Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 37, FM38, FM39, FM41, FM42, FM43
Orbcomm FM41 (E5) - cancelled Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 37, FM38, FM39, FM40,  FM42, FM43
Orbcomm FM42 (E6) - cancelled Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 37, FM38, FM39, FM40, FM41, FM43
Orbcomm FM43 (E7) - cancelled Pegasus-XL HAPS with Orbcomm 37, FM38, FM39, FM40, FM41, FM42

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