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Orbcomm FM-38



Orbcomm A, B, C, D, E, and F are the latest additions to the Orbcomm fleet, that were launched by a Kosmos 3M rocket from Kapustin Yar in southwest Russia at 06:36 UT on 19 June 2008. We have tentatively assigned subscripts A, B, etc, pending a response from either USSTRATCOM or the ORBCOMM company. Five of the six are believed to be in the so-called Quick Launch group, the sixth, named Orbcomm-CDS, is to be under the control of the US Coast Guard. All six will relay communications from/to mobile platforms, including marine units. Five of them are microsatellites of mass 116 kg, diameter 107 cm, and height 15 cm. The sixth, Orbcomm-CDS is smaller, with a mass of 80 kg.

Alternate Names

  • 33060
  • OrbcommFM-38

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2008-06-19
Launch Vehicle: Kosmos-3M
Launch Site: Kapustin Yar, Russia


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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