RUBIN-8 successfully placed in orbit on board an Indian PSLV rocket

Technological experiment for the European Space Agency ESA part of the payload

This morning at 05.53 CET, an Indian PSLV rocket lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, 80 km North of Chennai, successfully releasing a total of ten multinational payloads into space. On board was RUBIN-8, a technology payload which Bremen-based space technology company OHB-System AG has developed and been using since 2000 for various orbital experiments.

The eighth RUBIN is being used to test an automatic identification system (AIS) for ships on behalf of the European Space Agency ESA. OHB-System and Luxembourg-based group member Luxspace Sarl are working on validating this and also the ensuing systems.

RUBIN records the data automatically transmitted by ships on their position, destination and cargo and conveys it via the ORBCOMM communications satellite network to earth for evaluation. The first AIS Message was successfully received via Orbcomm satellite today at 07.50 CET.

OHB is currently building seven new ORBCOMM satellites in which the AIS will be implemented for the U.S. Coast Guard, among others, for the global monitoring of shipping. The satellites are to be launched on board a Russian COSMOS 3M in June 2008.

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