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Vesselsat 2



Vesselsat 2 was launched from Taiyuan on 09 January 2012 at 03:17 UT. The satellite was launched by a Long March 4B rocket and weighed 28 kg. VesselSat 2 is the second of two VesselSat spacecraft. It carries a receiver for Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals and is designed to relay positions of ships around the world. Vesselsat 2 will be integrated into ORBCOMM's Next Generation (OG2) constellation of 18 AIS-enabled satellites after an in-orbit test and checkout phase. The spacecraft's services will supplement Orbcomm's next-generation communications satellites due to begin launching this year.

Alternate Names

  • 38047
  • Vesselsat2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-01-09
Launch Vehicle: Long March 4B
Launch Site: Taiyuan, Peoples Republic of China
Mass: 28 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Luxembourg)


  • Navigation/Global Positioning

Additional Information

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

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