CHARLOTTE, N.C., 1 July 2011. The ORS-1 satellite, built by prime contractor Goodrich Corp. (NYSE:GR) under contract to the U.S. Air Force, launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport aboard an Orbital Sciences Minotaur 1 rocket. ORS-1, the first satellite in the Operationally Responsive Space program designed to support combatant command operations, will provide battlespace awareness supporting U.S. Central Command missions, such as combatant command operations.
The satellite will complete on-orbit checkout when it reaches the correct orbit, before transitioning to operational status.
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.