OHB-System awarded contract for the delivery and launch of six ORBCOMM Satellites
Signing of contract for the replenishment of six of ORBCOMM's satellites announced
Bremen-based space technology company OHB-System AG has been awarded a contract for the construction of six satellite buses as well as the integration and launch of the six communications satellites by US satellite operator ORBCOMM Inc. The contract was announced by Jerry Eisenberg, CEO of ORBCOMM Inc., and Marco R. Fuchs, CEO of OHB Technology A.G., at the ORBCOMM Global Solutions Conference in Leesburg, Virginia. The contract includes options for the construction of two additional satellite buses. ORBCOMM awarded OHB-System the contract after an international competitive bidding process.
OHB-System will be performing integration and function-testing of the satellites in Bremen. They are being constructed in conjunction with the COSMOS Space Systems AG joint venture. Omsk, Russia-based partner Polyot will be supplying the satellite buses and handling the launching procedures. ORBCOMM has contracted with Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Virginia for the development and production of six communications payloads.
In early 2005, OHB-System received a contract for the integration, testing and launching of ORBCOMM's U.S. Coast Guard concept validation satellite, which is expected to be launched in 2006.
In addition to performing the same communications tasks as ORBCOMM's existing satellites, the new satellites, like the U.S. Coast Guard concept validation satellite, will be able to receive the Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals for global maritime monitoring.
“This contract testifies to OHB’s strength in the commercial satellite market,” Marco R. Fuchs said. Jerry Eisenberg noted, “With this contract, we expect to achieve our target of enhancing the long-term availability of our services for our customers.”
ORBCOMM is a global satellite data communications company that provides reliable, cost-effective data communications services to customers around the world through its low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite network and global ground infrastructure. A diverse customer base, including industry leaders General Electric, Caterpillar Inc., Volvo Group, XATA, Komatsu and Itron, uses ORBCOMM services to track, monitor and control mobile and fixed assets, including trucks, containers, marine vessels, locomotives, heavy machinery, pipelines, oil wells, utility meters and storage tanks anywhere in the world. For more information call 1-800-ORBCOMM or visit its Web site at www.orbcomm.com.