ORS-1 satellite successfully launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility
(Source: U.S Air Force; issued June 30, 2011)
LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --- An Air Force team successfully launched the first Operationally Responsive Space prototype satellite aboard a Minotaur I launch vehicle at 11:09 p.m. EDT June 29 from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. ORS-1 deployed 12 minutes after launch.

This marks a great achievement by the Space and Missile Systems Center's Space Development and Test Directorate, the Operationally Responsive Space Office and their contractor teams, according to Col. Carol Welsch, the directorate's acting director and the ORS-1 mission director. ORS-1 is the Operationally Responsive Space Office's first operational prototype satellite and represents the potential of low-cost, tactically focused satellites designed to provide critical battlespace awareness capabilities to the joint warfighter.

"Words cannot express how proud I am of the entire ORS-1 team," she said. "The men and women of the Space Development and Test Directorate, the Operationally Responsive Space Office, and our industry partners of Goodrich, ATK, and Orbital have all worked tirelessly to move forward on the concept of a responsive space capability designed to support the warfighter. Their teamwork and dedication is simply inspiring."

Rapidly developing and fielding ORS-1 is an important step to demonstrating the possibilities to meet emerging and persistent warfighter needs in operationally relevant timelines, Colonel Welsch said.

"Our team was able to develop, integrate, test and launch this system in just over 30 months which is a remarkable achievement," she said.

ORS-1 was initiated as a result of a requirement to the ORS office from the commander of U.S. Strategic Command to support U.S. Central Command. (ends)




ORS-1 Satellite Successfully Launched Aboard a Minotaur 1 Rocket
(Source: Goodrich Corporation; issued June 30, 2011)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Goodrich Corporation the prime contractor for the ORS-1 satellite, announced today that the satellite, built under contract to the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport aboard an Orbital Sciences Minotaur 1 rocket. After insertion into the correct orbit the satellite will complete on-orbit checkout before transitioning to operational status.

ORS-1 is the first satellite in the Operationally Responsive Space program designed to support combatant command operations and will provide a battlespace awareness capability supporting U.S. Central Command's mission needs.

"We are pleased with the successful launch of the first ORS satellite designed and built to support combatant command operations. This development is an extraordinary accomplishment and we are proud to be part of the government/industry team which achieved it," said Andreas Nonnenmacher, Goodrich ISR Systems vice president, space. "We are looking forward to a smooth and efficient on-orbit checkout of the ORS-1 satellite and a quick transition to operational status for U.S. Central Command."

Goodrich is the lead systems integrator for the ORS-1 satellite. The payload leverages the Goodrich SYERS-2 multispectral sensor, the primary imaging sensor on the U-2 reconnaissance plane. Goodrich is also providing a ground segment that formats the data from the sensor payload to be compatible with the downstream processing, exploitation and dissemination used for the operational SYERS-2 sensor. The ORS-1 spacecraft bus is built for Goodrich by ATK Space Systems and is based on its TacSat-3 bus.


Goodrich Corporation is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities.

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