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May 6, 2014 8:00 AM, EDT
Orbcomm to Launch Six Next-Generation Satellites
Orbcomm Inc.

Asset-tracking provider Orbcomm Inc. said it will launch six of its next-generation OG2 satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.

The launch is scheduled for May 10, and the satellites will be aboard a dedicated SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, according to Rochelle Park, New Jersey-based Orbcomm.

The satellites are designed to provide faster message delivery, larger message size, better coverage at higher altitudes and drastically improved network capacity, the company said.

“Launching our first OG2 mission is an important milestone in advancing our global satellite network to a higher level of performance, coverage and efficiency,” Orbcomm CEO Marc Eisenberg said. “Our customers are looking forward to our new constellation, which will enhance their [machine-to-machine] applications, as well as new partnerships in the multiple additional markets for which OG2 is well-suited.”

The company said it expects to launch its remaining 11 OG2 satellites in the fourth quarter.