LOUISVILLE – Sierra Nevada Corp. announced the successful completion of the ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) Pre-Ship Review and shipment of six satellites from the company’s Space Systems facility in Louisville.
SNC is the prime contractor for this upgraded communication constellation leading all development and integration efforts for the ORBCOMM Mission 1 launch in May, the company said.
The satellites were shipped to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) facilities at Cape Canaveral for final testing prior to their launch aboard a dedicated Falcon 9 launch vehicle, SNC said.
“SNC is pleased to complete this critical milestone in upgrading ORBCOMM’s global network,” said Pat Remias, SNC Space Systems’ senior director of programs.
“Due to the high efficiency and modular design, these satellites have substantially more capacity to service a larger number of subscribers, thus making the network more efficient with fewer satellites than the OG1 satellites that are currently on-orbit.
“SNC has established a satellite production line in our Louisville facility to integrate and test each vehicle rapidly, with up to six satellites processing simultaneously.”
SNC’s Louisville facility currently houses the first fully-functional small satellite production line in the U.S.