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ORBCOMM streamlines organization
Posted: June 30, 2000

An artist's concept of an ORBCOMM satellite orbiting Earth. Photo: ORBCOMM
ORBCOMM Global, L.P. (ORBCOMM), the first commercial provider of global low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite data communication services, yesterday announced that, to align its operational expenses with its revenue and funding sources, it has reduced its staff by approximately 20 percent, affecting 112 ORBCOMM employees and contractors across its organization. ORBCOMM believes this reduction in force will not divert it from supporting its core competencies, including the maintenance and operation of the ORBCOMM satellite constellation and the provision of ORBCOMM services to a growing community of customers around the world.

Orbital Sciences Corporation, which designs, manufactures and launches ORBCOMM's satellites, is delaying production of future ORBCOMM satellites. This revised production schedule will allow ORBCOMM to dedicate its capital to the marketing, sales and installation of subscriber units for new and existing customers. The procurement of additional satellites is neither time-nor operationally critical at this time to the distribution of ORBCOMM service.

"ORBCOMM considered all alternatives to compress our financial requirements and unfortunately concluded that a staff reduction was necessary," said Scott L. Webster, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ORBCOMM. "ORBCOMM remains focused on ensuring the longevity and well-being of its satellite network, and the ORBCOMM satellite constellation remains in full operation. We have successfully built the world's first commercial LEO satellite network and see the enormous promise of global wireless data communications."

ORBCOMM provides two-way monitoring, tracking and messaging services through the world's first commercial low-Earth orbit satellite-based data communication system. ORBCOMM applications include tracking of mobile assets such as trailers, containers, locomotives, rail cars, heavy equipment, fishing vessels, barges and government assets; monitoring of fixed assets such as electric utility meters, oil and gas storage tanks, wells and pipelines and environmental projects; and messaging services for consumers and commercial and government entities.

ORBCOMM is owned by Teleglobe Inc. and Orbital Sciences Corporation. Teleglobe Inc. is a leading global provider of broadband services with the most extensive global Internet network. Delivering advanced broadband applications to customers in more than 100 countries, Teleglobe is the premier communications architecture for the digital economy. Orbital is a space technology company that designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of space products and satellite-based services.