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Orbcomm





The first commercial venture to provide global data and messaging services. Orbcomm, which became operational in 1998, uses a constellation of 26 satellites in low Earth orbit. At full capacity, the system can handle up to 5 million messages from users utilizing small, portable terminals to transmit and receive messages directly to the satellites. The system is controlled from Orbcomm's headquarters in Dulles, Virginia.


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