Name Kelpie
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Organisation AAC Clyde Space
Institution Company
Entity Commercial
Nation UK
Manufacturer AIVT by AAC Clyde Space
Operator AAC Clyde Space
Costs $5,900,000 for the manufacturing, launch and long-term operations of two CubeSats

Space-as-a-service model to build and operate spacecraft and sell AIS data exclusively to ORBCOMM.


Clyde Space will build and launch two AIS-enabled CubeSats, each hosting three dedicated AIS receivers, including a highly versatile Software Defined Radio (SDR)-based receiver. ORBCOMM has an exclusive license for the low-latency AIS data provided by Clyde Space. Space-as-a-service model in which Clyde Space owns and operates the satellites to deliver AIS data exclusively to ORBCOMM and its customers.

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COTS subsystems
  • PLATFORM - Clyde Space
Subsystems sources [1]
Keywords AIS, Space-As-A-Service

Related Spacecraft

Name Status Launch Orbit
Kelpie 1 (AAC-AIS-SAT-1, Clyde Orbcomm) Operational (D-Orbit news from 2023-03-06 last checked 2023-04-15) 2023-01-03 515 km, 97.5 deg
Kelpie 2 (Clyde Orbcomm) not launched 2023-12-30 not launched

Last modified: 2023-06-03
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