|Mission duration||3 years planned; |
4 years achieved
|Launch mass||29 kilograms (64 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||October 12, 2011, 05:31UTC|
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan FLP|
|End of mission|
|Last contact||End of 2015|
|Perigee altitude||853 kilometers (530 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||873 kilometers (542 mi)|
|Epoch||July 4, 2014, 06:26:37 UTC|
VesselSat-1 (Orbcomm FM42, V1) was a miniaturized satellite built and owned by LuxSpace, which was operated by Orbcomm under lease. VesselSat-1 and its sister satellite, VesselSat-2 were used by Orbcomm to compensate the functionality of the malfunctioning Orbcomm-QL satellites.
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.
Vesselsat was the first satellite to be built in Luxembourg. It had a mass of 29 kg (64 lb) and had the form of a cube 30 centimeters (0.98 ft) along each side. Its mission was the tracking of shipping by receiving broadcasts from their Automatic Identification System (AIS).