ORBCOMM To Launch Next-Gen Satellites


Do you have plans this Saturday? M2M-solution provider ORBCOMM, www.orbcomm.com, does. The company will be expanding its commercial satellite network by launching six next-generation OG2 satellites from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and the world can watch in realtime.

ORBCOMM says its OG2 satellites are more advanced than its current OG1 satellites. In addition to being equipped with an AIS (Automatic Identification System) payload capable of tracking ships in near realtime, the new satellites promise benefits such as faster message delivery, the ability to handle larger message sizes, better coverage at higher latitudes, and an increased network capacity.

The company’s M2M-dedicated satellite network was first fully deployed in 1999, when it consisted of 27 low-Earth-orbit satellites. Now, 15 years later, ORBCOMM says it plans to complete its next-generation constellation by launching 11 more OG2 satellites by the end of the year.

ORBCOMM has also developed backwards-compatible OG2 satellite modems with built-in GPS technology and an optional three-axis accelerometer. The company says the modems and developer kits are available now to customers who want to begin leveraging the new constellation in their M2M solutions.

As more businesses deploy M2M to gain insight through the delivery of mission-critical data, reliable networks will be key to making sure their deployments are as effective as possible. To watch the satellite launch live on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10:13 a.m. EDT, visit www.spacex.com.

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