Arianespace Fills Up Vega Small Spacecraft Mission Proof of Concept Flight

Vega begins its ascent from the Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying Italy’s PRISMA Earth observation satellite on the third Arianespace mission of 2019. (Credit: Arianespace)

PARIS (Avio PR) — Arianespace announced today that it has been selected by exactEarth to launch the ESAIL satellite using a Vega as part of the launcher’s Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept (POC) flight.

With a mass of 110 kg, ESAIL satellite produced by exactEarth, leading provider of global AIS solutions (Automatic Identification System), is the last passenger to get on board of the Vega’s POC flight, now completely booked with 42 payloads onboard, whose launch is scheduled for 2019 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The ESAIL satellite was supported by European Space Agency (ESA – ESTEC) through the ARTES 21 SAT-AIS (SATellite Automatic Identification System) program.

Vega’s POC flight will be the first mission for SSMS – a program initiated by ESA in 2016 with the contribution of the European Commission. For all European partners involved, its purpose is to perfectly address the burgeoning microsatellite market for both institutional and commercial needs with a new rideshare concept on the Vega light-lift launcher.

The industrial prime contractor for Vega is Avio, based in Colleferro, Italy.

exactEarth Launches Four Hosted Payloads on Iridium Satellite

exactEarth_solid_colorCAMBRIDGE, ON, Jan 16, 2017 (exactEarth PR) — exactEarth Ltd. (TSX: XCT), the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, announced the successful launch of four hosted payloads for its next generation constellation, exactView™ RT powered by Harris.

Launched aboard an Iridium NEXT satellite on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, these hosted maritime payloads are now being commissioned and are expected to be brought into service within the next four months.

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exactEarth to Provide India’s Navy with Satellite AIS

exactEarth_solid_colorCAMBRIDGE, ONT (exactEarth PR) – exactEarth Ltd. (TSX: XCT), announces that it has signed a contract with Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization, to provide Satellite-AIS data services to the Indian Navy. The three-year subscription revenue contract is valued at USD $1.75 million in total.

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exactEarth Awarded Project with UK Space Agency

exactEarth_solid_colorHARWELL, England (exactEarth PR) – exactEarth Europe Limited, a UK subsidiary of exactEarth Ltd (TSX: XCT), the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, has been awarded a £1.1 million grant from the UK Space Agency (UKSA) under its ‘International Partnerships Programme’ (IPP). The IPP funding will support the operational deployment of exactEarth’s Satellite AIS-based small vessel tracking technology “exactTrax” to improve safety of life at sea (SOLAS) for South Africa’s small boat owners and operators – in particular the artisanal fishing sector. As such exactEarth Europe will be working closely on the project with the ‘South African Maritime Safety Authority’ (SAMSA) and South Africa’s ‘National Sea Rescue Institute’ (NSRI).

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exactEarth Awarded Polar Epsilon 2 Contract

exact_Earth_logoCAMBRIDGE, ONT, Nov. 2, 2016 (exactEarth PR) – exactEarth Ltd. (TSX: XCT), the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, announces that it has been awarded a four-year $2.7 million (including taxes) contract by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) to provide AIS data processing services for the Canadian Department of National Defence’s (DND) Polar Epsilon 2 (PE2) project.

The PE2 project is a national initiative that will combine radar and AIS data from the RADARSAT Constellation Mission to provide enhanced maritime domain awareness that will identify, detect and track vessels in Canada’s maritime approaches and support Canadian Armed Forces at home and abroad.

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Surrey Satellite Expands LEO Platform Capability with VESTA Nanosat

VESTA nanosat (Credit: Surrey Satellite)
VESTA nanosat (Credit: Surrey Satellite)

GUILDFORD, UK (SSTL PR) — Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply the VESTA satellite platform, a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload for the exactEarth advanced maritime satellite constellation. The contract was signed as part of an MOU between Honeywell Aerospace and the UK Space Agency.

John Paffett, SSTL’s Director of Telecommunications, commented “The SSTL nanosatellite range provides flexible and highly capable payload accommodation, engineered with SSTL’s unrivalled class-leading reliability and I am delighted that VESTA will be first nanosatellite to be manufactured in our new NanoLab here in Guildford.”

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