Thursday morning, September 1, around 9:07 AM EDT at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a SpaceX rocket was undergoing static test firing in preparation for a Saturday launch of the AMOS-6 satellite. The rocket exploded on the launch pad destroying the satellite and damaging the launch site. No one was injured.
It was about 2:30 in the afternoon, October 1, 2015. Several colleagues and I were at a series of meetings with our partners at Harris Corporation in Melbourne Florida. We had been asked to provide a demonstration of what our Generation 1 satellite constellation is able to do using our web based product, ShipView. This would help Harris employees understand the value of what we will achieve together with exactViewRT powered by Harris. Peter Dorcas, Sr. Director of Business Development for exactEarth, was making the presentation to a group of about 30 Harris employees. He had ShipView projected on the big screen and was going through a fairly typical demonstration of both the exactView Generation 1 satellite AIS data and the capabilities of the ShipView product.
In 2010 the maritime world began to discover a new technology for monitoring ship movements across the world’s oceans— Satellite AIS.
exactViewRT powered by Harris will have 65 payloads onboard the Iridium NEXT constellation of satellites. After launch, each satellite is moved into its pre-assigned position relative to the other satellites. Once there, this position is maintained throughout the life of the constellation by using fuel on each satellite to make course corrections known as “station keeping”. In other words, not all orbits around the earth are equal and knowing which orbits to put your satellites in and how to keep them where you put them is fundamentally critical to providing a satellite based service. It truly is all about “Orbital Mechanics”.
exactEarth has led the world in the creation, introduction and evolution of detecting from Low Earth Orbit satellites VHF signals emitted from marine vessels known as Automatic Identification System (AIS). We started with one of the first AIS detecting satellites, NTS, and have grown our constellation to include 9 satellites with 26 ground stations around the world. Combined with two data centers supporting the highest detection rate possible using our patented algorithms, we are able to produce the most reliable, consistent Satellite AIS service available and provide that service to over 250 customers worldwide.
One of the really cool things about exactViewRT powered by Harris is that it is a “Real-Time” system. You might wonder what we mean by this and how it is accomplished. The best way to think about what we mean is to think of how the Internet works.
We’re very excited at exactEarth as the countdown to the launch of our 2nd generation satellite constellation, exactViewRT powered by Harris, draws ever closer. Our maritime-focused payloads have now been delivered for installation on the first batch of the Iridium Next satellites, and we eagerly await confirmation of the first launch date later this summer.
A recent lawsuit filed in the U.S. by the Electronic Privacy Information Center against the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security has sparked debate over the intrusiveness of AIS into personal privacy. The Nationwide Automatic Identification System used by the USCG and DHS collects, integrates and analyses information concerning vessels operation in waters subject to US jurisdiction. The complaints arise around the idea that AIS goes far beyond the collision avoidance mandate it was put in place for and instead collects personal information about boaters that is then shared between a variety of parties outside of just the Coast Guard.
Summers in Canada conjure up images of sitting out on the dock of the bay, fishing pole cast into a serene lake while off in the distance a loon lets out its distinct call.
Over on the Discovery Channel, they are reminding us that all sorts of fishing activity is happening in some not so serene places. Deadliest Catch (airing Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.) follows the crews of fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan crab seasons. After a couple episodes you will quickly discover where the show gets its title when you see the high level of risk for the crew aboard these boats. Huge rogue waves and frigid waters combined with massive industrial fishing equipment being hurled around at breakneck speed makes for some extreme TV.
The battle of the fishing boat monitoring acronyms rears its head yet again. Here at exactEarth we're asked often about how AIS compares to VMS and why to use one system over the other. We believe that although the systems are different, they can be quite complementary.
As the global illegal fishing crisis intensifies, it's important to look for the best tracking and monitoring system possible.
Topics: Satellite AIS, AIS, Satellite AIS data, Vessel Monitoring, Illegal Fishing, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking, Satellite AIS Tracking, AIS Vessel Tracking,, VMS, tracking fishing boats, Vessel Monitoring System