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Launch of AprizeSat-5 and AprizeSat-6

Fairfax, VA, August 17, 2011 – SpaceQuest, Ltd. (“SpaceQuest”), a U.S. satellite technology company headquartered in Fairfax, VA , announced today the successful launch of the SpaceQuest-built AprizeSat-5 and AprizeSat-6 microsatellites. The Dnepr launch vehicle carrying seven satellites blasted off from Yasny launch base in the Orenburg Region of the Russian Federation at 11:12:20 Moscow time (07:12:20 UTC).

The Dnepr is a converted SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile adapted for civilian use. In 1997, Russia and Ukraine formed the International Space Company Kosmotras to convert the missiles into Dnepr launch vehicles. The two AprizeSat spacecraft were launched into a circular sun-synchronous low-Earth orbit (LEO) and will operate in the UHF and S-Band frequencies.

As the SpaceQuest team monitored the initial pass over the SpaceQuest ground station in Fairfax, Virginia, there were high fives all around when communication with the satellites was established and the satellites were found to be in good health. exactEarth, Ltd. (“exactEarth’) of Cambridge, Ontario, a leading provider of satellite AIS data services, will take ownership of the spacecraft after successful completion of in-orbit testing, which is expected to be concluded within 90 days. These satellites incorporate next generation AIS payloads designed to further improve AIS message detection from space. The addition of these spacecraft will bring the exactEarth constellation to five operational satellites, greatly expanding the visibility of vessel traffic throughout the world’s waterways.

AprizeSat Launch August 17, 2011 "Today's launch marks another important step in the ongoing expansion of our global vessel monitoring service," said Peter Mabson, President of exactEarth. “Our existing spacecraft have proven that advanced AIS payload technology combined with our proprietary ground-based processing results in a significant increase in detection capability. 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."

The AprizeSats are also hosting two SpaceQuest cutting-edge experimental AIS payloads which will contribute to the advancement of AIS technology. “We are proud to witness the launch of the ninth SpaceQuest-manufactured satellite on the Russian Dnepr rocket,” said Dr. Dino A. Lorenzini, President of SpaceQuest. “In addition, many other satellites have been launched on the Dnepr that contain SpaceQuest components, payloads and buses. Our ongoing success in building microsatellites and top-quality components, as well as providing custom engineering services, is a testament to SpaceQuest’s superb and dedicated staff.” he said.

About SpaceQuest

SpaceQuest is a developer of advanced satellite technology for government, university and commercial use for the past fifteen years, specializing in the design, development, testing and manufacture of spacecraft as well as space and ground components for operation with low-earth orbiting satellites. For more information, visit our website at www.spacequest.com.

About exactEarth Ltd.

Based in Cambridge, ON, exactEarth Ltd. is a data services company that leverages advanced microsatellite technology to deliver monitoring solutions characterized by high performance, reliability, security, and simplicity. exactEarth’s service, exactAIS™, is a global vessel tracking and monitoring system based on world leading satellite-based advanced AIS detection technology. exactEarth is jointly owned by COM DEV International Ltd (TSX: CDV) and HISDESAT Servicios Estratégicos S.A. For more information, visit our website at www.exactearth.com.

 

Posted on August 17, 2011 and filed under Press Releases.

SpaceQuest-Built Satellites Successfully Launched on Russian Dnepr Launch Vehicle

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan June 29, 2004 - SpaceQuest, Ltd. (“SpaceQuest”), a U.S. satellite technology company headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is pleased to announce the successful launch of three SpaceQuest-manufactured microsatellites.  On June 29, 2004, at 0630 UTC, the three spacecraft were successfully launched into a circular sun-synchronous low-Earth orbit (LEO) aboard a Russian Dnepr launch vehicle, the fourth launch of a Dnepr rocket.  The satellites are healthy and all subsystems are operational.  The spacecraft will be registered in the U.S. Space Objects Registry by the Department of State.

 “In 2002, SpaceQuest was the first company to launch a U.S.-manufactured spacecraft aboard a Russian military rocket,” commented Dr. Dino Lorenzini, President of SpaceQuest.  As the original architect of the Strategic Defense Initiative that was established in the 1980’s to defeat the Soviet SS-18 ballistic missile, Dr. Lorenzini is now relying on the very same rocket to put the SpaceQuest-manufactured satellites into orbit.  International Space Company Kosmotras was established to convert and launch SS-18 missiles as Dnepr launch vehicles for commercial payloads, in compliance with the provisions of the START II treaty.  

Two of the satellites launched today, Aprizesat-1 and Aprizesat-2, were launched on behalf of Aprize Satellite, Inc. (“Aprize”) of Fairfax, VA.  SpaceQuest will conduct experimental tests and demonstrations in the United States on behalf of Aprize using SpaceQuest’s UHF ground station and mobile terminals.  Aprize plans to offer low-cost satellite data services for such applications as monitoring the fuel level of liquid propane tanks, oil and gas pipeline monitoring, and mobile tracking of shipping containers, rail cars and trailers.  The cost of the satellites manufactured by SpaceQuest, Ltd. is approximately ten percent of what it would cost other satellite companies to deploy a similar system.

The third satellite, AMSAT-Echo, is an amateur radio satellite that was designed, built, integrated and tested for the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) of Silver Spring, Maryland USA by SpaceQuest.  AMSAT is responsible for the functional checkout and on-orbit operations of the Echo satellite.

SpaceQuest was responsible for obtaining the required U.S. State Department licenses to temporarily export the three satellites to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and supported payload integration and testing of the three spacecraft.

 

About SpaceQuest (www.spacequest.com)

SpaceQuest is a developer of advanced satellite technology for government, university and commercial use for the past ten years, specializing in the design, development, testing and manufacture of spacecraft as well as space and ground components for operation with low-earth orbiting satellites.

For more information please e-mail info@spacequest.com or call (703) 273-7010

Posted on June 29, 2004 and filed under Press Releases.