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Mission type Communications
AIS tracking
Operator LuxSpace
Orbcomm (leased)
COSPAR ID 2011-058C
SATCAT no. 37840
Mission duration 2 years planned
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer LuxSpace
Launch mass 29 kilograms (64 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date October 12, 2011, 05:31 (2011-10-12UTC05:31Z) UTC[1]
Rocket PSLV-CA
Launch site Satish Dhawan FLP
Contractor ISRO
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Perigee 853 kilometers (530 mi)
Apogee 873 kilometers (542 mi)
Inclination 19.96 degrees
Period 102.07 minutes
Epoch July 4, 2014, 06:26:37 UTC[2]

VesselSat-1 is a Miniaturized satellite built and owned by LuxSpace, which is operated by Orbcomm under lease.


It was launched from the ISRO's Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota in October 2011 atop a PSLV-CA rocket, flight C18. The launch was a multi-payload mission along with Megha-Tropiques, SRMSAT and Jugnu.


Vesselsat is the first satellite to be built in Luxembourg. It has a mass of 28 kg (62 lb) and has the form of a cube 30 centimeters (0.98 ft) along each side. Its mission is the tracking of shipping by receiving broadcasts from their Automatic Identification System (AIS).

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  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "VESSELSAT 1 Satellite details 2011-058C NORAD 37840". N2YO. July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 

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