Sparks, Nev., July 16, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned. The satellites, which will replenish the current first generation ORBCOMM constellation, were launched on July 14, 2014 via a dedicated SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
SNC is the prime contractor and spacecraft bus manufacturer for this upgraded communication constellation leading all development and integration efforts from its Louisville, Colorado facility. The payload is provided to SNC by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. In addition to managing the development and test of the satellite constellation, SNC also manages the early on-orbit checkout from its Louisville Satellite Operations Center in collaboration with the ORBCOMM operations team at the ORBCOMM Network Control Center (NCC) in Sterling, Virginia.
This low-Earth orbit constellation is comprised of a total of 17 satellites, all derived from SNC’s SN-100 bus. The remaining 11 satellites in the constellation are in final integration at SNC's facility in Louisville and are on track to launch as early as the end of the fourth quarter of 2014.
“This event heralds the first multiple launch of SNC’s state-of-the-art SN-100 bus platform – which demonstrates its versatility to launch in a variety of configurations,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems.
Since launch, SNC has verified the solar array and antenna deployments and connectivity to ORBCOMM’s Gateway Earth Station network. Over the next several weeks SNC will verify the full system performance for Subscriber Terminal communications and operation of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability.
“We’d like to thank SNC and Boeing for their hard work and dedication to the OG2 program,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to leveraging SNC’s advanced satellite technology to drive growth of our global M2M applications across a diversity of market segments.”
Each OG2 satellite is designed to provide reliable and cost-effective communications for ORBCOMM and its customers with up to 12 times the performance of an OG2 satellite, further enhancing the overall performance of the ORBCOMM constellation.
About ORBCOMM Inc.
ORBCOMM is a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions. Its customers include Caterpillar Inc., Doosan Infracore America, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Hyundai Heavy Industries, I.D. Systems, Inc., Komatsu Ltd., Cartrack (Pty.) Ltd., and Volvo Construction Equipment, among other industry leaders. By means of a global network of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites and accompanying ground infrastructure as well as our Tier One cellular partners, ORBCOMM’s low-cost and reliable two-way data communication services track, monitor and control mobile and fixed assets in our core markets: commercial transportation; heavy equipment; industrial fixed assets; marine; and homeland security.
ORBCOMM is an innovator and leading provider of tracking, monitoring and control services for the transportation market. Under its ReeferTrak®, GenTrakTM, GlobalTrak®, and CargoWatch® brands, the company provides customers with the ability to proactively monitor, manage and remotely control their cold chain and dry transport assets. Additionally, ORBCOMM provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services for vessel tracking and to improve maritime safety to government and commercial customers worldwide. ORBCOMM is headquartered in Rochelle Park, New Jersey and has its Innovation & Network Control Center in Sterling, Virginia. For more information, visit www.orbcomm.com.
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About Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colorado, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government, commercial customers as well as for the international market. SNC’s Space Systems has more than 25 years of space heritage and has participated in over 400 successful space missions through the delivery of over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components. During its history, SNC’s Space Systems has concluded over 70 programs for NASA and over 50 other clients. For more information about SNC’s Space Systems visit www.sncspace.com and follow us at Facebook.com/SNCSpaceSystems.
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About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, is one of America's fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, SNC has a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 31 locations in 17 states. SNC's six unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to SNC's dynamic customer base.
SNC is also the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Over the last 30 years under the Ozmen's leadership, SNC has remained focused on providing its customers the very best in diversified technologies to meet their needs and has a strong and proven track record of success. The company continues to focus its growth also on the commercial sector through internal advancements in dual-use applications and outside acquisitions, including the emerging markets of renewable energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations. For more information on SNC visit www.sncorp.com and follow us at Facebook.com/SierraNevadaCorporation.