Orbital Sciences Corporation launched a Pegasus XL on 02 Aug 1998 at 16:23:02 UTC. The Pegasus XL, launched from a L-1011 that was staged from Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, carried eight ORBCOMM satellites to low earth orbit. ORBCOMM is a mobile satellite service provider offering two-way data and messaging communications globally. ORBCOMM applications include monitoring of industrial assets such as pipelines, storage tanks, and construction equipment; tracking of mobile assets such as trailers,railcars and shipping containers; and two-way message communications in the recreational, commercial, military and automotive markets. The completed ORBCOMM system will consist of 48 satellites. Currently, 20 satellites have been launched.
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