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exactView-1 makes huge leap in maritime monitoring from space

exactView-1 (EV-1), the most advanced Automatic Identification System (AIS) satellite built to date, and the fifth satellite deployed in the exactEarth advanced vessel monitoring constellation, has entered commercial service this week.
The exactEarth constellation provides near real-time AIS data on the locations, speeds and routes of vessels throughout the world’s oceans.
exactView-1 undergoes EMC testing AIS is a vessel monitoring system, currently deployed on more than 80,000 vessels globally.  Land-based AIS station receivers can only track vessels moving up to 50 nautical miles off the coast. The use of satellite AIS makes it possible to gain a more complete picture of maritime activity by monitoring vessels across the globe as they traverse the oceans.

EV-1’s advanced sensors, coupled with exactEarth’s patented de-collision processing algorithms have allowed the satellite to perform with detection rates of up to 40% more than any previous satellite sensors.  The satellite’s daily detection rates are reaching 45,000 MMSIs (Maritime Mobile Service Identity numbers), doubling the amount of AIS messages collected by the constellation, to 90,000 unique MMSIs a day, and ensuring up-to-date vessel monitoring data.

EV-1 is based on the SSTL-100 satellite platform and was designed and assembled by SSTL under contract to prime contractor COM DEV Canada for exactEarth. The satellite platform was adapted for the mission with an additional deployable solar panel to provide extra power for COM DEV’s AIS receiver. SSTL acted as launch agent in collaboration with Commercial Space Technologies and also conducted in-orbit commissioning to bring the satellite into full operation from its Guildford Mission Control Centre.

The exactEarth constellation is set to expand further in 2013 with the launch of the Canadian M3M satellite and the Spanish PAZ radar satellite, both of which will fly advanced AIS receivers, and two additional dedicated AIS satellites; ensuring that the high performance maritime service is secured for years to come.






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