ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq:ORBC) said it and SpaceX plan to launch 11 OG2 satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on the next launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket targeted to take place in the next six to eight weeks.
SpaceX successfully launched ORBCOMM´s first OG2 mission of six satellites on July 14, 2014. This next dedicated launch will mark ORBCOMM´s second and final OG2 mission, completing its next generation satellite constellation.
Sierra Nevada Corporation, the prime contractor and spacecraft bus manufacturer for ORBCOMM´s OG2 satellites, has completed all factory acceptance testing and is preparing the satellites for shipping to Cape Canaveral at the end of October.
ORBCOMM´s OG2 satellites are far more advanced than its current OG1 satellites and are designed to provide customers with significant enhancements, such as faster message delivery, larger message sizes and better coverage at higher latitudes, while drastically increasing network capacity.
ORBCOMM is a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication solutions and the only commercial satellite network dedicated to M2M.