New AIS satellite
The latest maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS) satellite - exactView-1 (EV-1) - has entered service.
Canadian company exactEarth Ltd - a leading provider of global satellite AIS data services - successfully added the EV-1 satellite into its commercial service on 26 November.
EV-1 is claimed to be the most advanced AIS satellite built to date, and apparently is performing with increased detection rates of up to 40% better than any previous satellite.
The satellite's performance is reported to have exceeded industry expectations, with daily detection rates consistently reaching 45,000 Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) numbers - increasing the total 'exactAIS Premium' global AIS service to ~90,000 unique MMSIs a day.
EV-1 was launched into an 810km polar orbit in late July 2012 and underwent rigorous commissioning before full operation.
The company intends to expand its constellation in the near future, with advanced AIS receivers on the Canadian M3M and Spanish PAZ radar satellites - both launching in 2013. And 2 further dedicated AIS satellites will also be launched in 2013.
Details from exactEarth below . .