|Mission type||Ship tracking|
|Mission duration||Planned: 3 years |
Achieved: 4 years
|Launch mass||29 kilograms (64 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||9 January 2012, 03:17UTC|
|Rocket||Chang Zheng 4B Y26|
|Launch site||Taiyuan LC-9|
|End of mission|
|Last contact||January 2016|
|Perigee altitude||472 kilometres (293 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||484 kilometres (301 mi)|
|Epoch||31 October 2013, 18:34:19 UTC|
VesselSat-2 (aka Orbcomm FM43, V2) was a Luxembourgian microsatellite built and owned by LuxSpace, and operated by Orbcomm under lease. It carried a receiver for Automatic Identification System signals, used to track ships at sea. VesselSat-2 was the second of two VesselSat spacecraft (see VesselSat-1), which were built by LuxSpace for Orbcomm, as replacements for the AIS capabilities of the failed Orbcomm-QL spacecraft.
VesselSat-2 was launched as a secondary payload on a Long March 4B carrier rocket which was carrying Ziyuan 3. The launch occurred at 03:17 UTC on 9 January 2012, from Launch Complex 9 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre, and was the first orbital launch of the year.