VesselSat 2 [LuxSpace]
VesselSat is a constellation of three microsatellites to provide spacecraft-based Automatic Identification System (AIS) sensors in low-Earth orbit as a means of tracking maritime assets.
A delevopment version of the LuxSpace AIS-receivers has been tested before on the Rubin-9.1 (AIS-Pathfinder 2) payload.
Two satellites will be leased to Orbcomm as a replacement for the lost capability of the malfunctioning Orbcomm Quick Launch satellites. A third satellite was planned to be operated by LuxSpace themselves, but was apparently cancelled.
Both satellites operated beyond the three year design life. VesselSat-1 lost contact at the end of 2015 and VesselSat-2 in January 2016.
|Type / Application:||Traffic monitoring|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Lifetime:||3 years (design); 4 years (reached)|
|Orbit:||847 km × 867 km, 19.97° (#1); 489 km × 500 km, 97.49° (#2)|
|VesselSat 1 (Orbcomm FM42, V1)||2011-058C||12.10.2011||Sr FLP||PSLV-CA||with Megha-Tropiques, SRMSAT, Jugnu|
|VesselSat 2 (Orbcomm FM43, V2)||2012-001B||09.01.2012||TY LC-9||CZ-4B||with ZY-3 01|
|VesselSat 3||-||cancelled||with ?|