CAMBRIDGE, ON, July 23, 2012 /CNW/ - exactEarth Ltd., a leading provider
of satellite AIS data services, announced the successful launch of the
exactView 1 (EV-1) satellite aboard a Soyuz launch vehicle. EV-1 is
carrying an advanced second generation AIS detection payload which is
expected to significantly enhance vessel detection and tracking
performance especially in areas of denser shipping traffic. The
satellite and payload will be commissioned over the next three months
after which the satellite will be put into operational service. EV-1
will utilize high-speed S-band and C-band communications to frequently
downlink information to ground stations in Svalbard, Norway, Guildford,
UK and several other locations around the world.
The polar-orbiting spacecraft was built under contract for exactEarth
and is the fifth deployed satellite in the exactView vessel monitoring
satellite constellation. COM DEV Canada acted as prime contractor and
COM DEV Europe (UK) supplied the advanced AIS transceiver payload
system for this mission. SSTL(UK) manufactured the satellite bus and
brokered the launch arrangements. The planned exactEarth satellite
constellation will consist of six polar orbiting satellites designed to
provide an hourly update of global vessel positions.
"Today's launch marks another important step in the ongoing expansion of
our global vessel monitoring service," said Peter Mabson, President of
exactEarth. "This launch helps ensure that exactEarth will continue to
provide the world's most comprehensive and high performance
satellite-based AIS service for years to come."
About exactEarth Ltd.
exactEarth, based in Cambridge, Ontario, is a data services company
providing the most advanced information on global maritime traffic
available today. Our premium service, exactAIS®, delivers an
unrivalled view of the recognized maritime picture at a global scale.
Offering fully secure data in a variety of industry standard formats
and delivery methods, exactEarth's data provides real value for a wide
range of operational maritime applications delivering operational
efficiencies, enhancing security, safeguarding the environment, and
assisting in saving lives. For more information, visit our website at www.exactearth.com.
SOURCE: exactEarth Ltd.
For further information:
President, exactEarth Ltd.
Tel: +1 519-622-4445 ext.5870
The Equicom Group
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