VesselSat-1

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VesselSat-1
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.

Launch[edit]

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.

Spacecraft[edit]

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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References[edit]

  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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