Orbcomm Satellites Launched

rosenberg.eric@orbcomm.com
Mon, 03 Aug 98 09:25:01 -0500

     The third plane of 8 Orbcomm satellites were successfully launched 
     from Wallops Island yesterday (August 2). 
     
     The orbit is 820 x 823km at 44.998 deg inclination.
     
     There are three phases of on-orbit testing (spacecraft bus, and two 
     separate payload testing schemes) which will continue through 
     mid-September.   
     
     Next launch (last of the 45 degree inclination planes) should be in 
     ~6 weeks.
     
     Eric