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Global Messaging Satellite, also called Vitasat


Launch date 15 Aug 1995
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Launch vehicle Athena #1
Mass at launch 150 kg

End of life

Out of service 15 Aug 1995
Cause Launch failure

Cost: between $2 million and $3 million

Was designed to provide electronic mail services and global location services for trucking fleet operators. Was also to be used by VITA

Technical data


Prime contractor OSC (was CTA)
Platform GemStar
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