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LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 29, 2011
« on: 02/17/2010 09:07 PM »
News Release Issued: February 17, 2010 3:55 PM EST

ATK Prepares to Ship the Operationally Responsive Space-1 (ORS-1) Bus
Small Satellite Developed to Respond to Urgent Military Needs

ATK Remains the Only Provider of Operational ORS Spacecraft Busses

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) celebrated a major milestone today as it prepares to conduct final testing and ship the Operational Responsive Space-1 (ORS-1) satellite bus, after building it in just 16 months. The bus will be shipped to Goodrich Corporation for integration of the payload in preparation for launch later this year.

ORS-1 is part of the United States Department of Defense's (DoD) ORS program that focuses on using small satellites and launch vehicles to provide innovative sensor technologies to the commanders in the battlefield, and doing so in shortened timeframes and in more affordable ways.  The ORS-1 program supports Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) needs, by providing innovative sensor systems that range across multiple spectrums. 

The satellite bus is based on the design ATK developed for the successful TacSat-3 satellite with the addition of a propulsion module. ATK built the bus at its Beltsville, MD facility. One of the goals of the program is to develop satellite buses with standard interfaces that allow for different sensors to be used for specific missions.

"Being able to build these satellites fast, and tailor them to the precise user needs, provides the commanders and the war fighter unprecedented capability," said Blake Larson, president of ATK Space Systems. "As we continue to build and operate satellites and develop more plug and play technologies, we will revolutionize how this nation responds to a threat."

Several key individuals were in attendance at the ATK celebration including local officials, representatives from the Pentagon and Congress including Senator Barbara Mikulski.

"I'm proud of the work being done at ATK in Beltsville to revolutionize satellites, create jobs in Maryland, and protect America. ATK Beltsville is a vital part of Maryland's space economy. The ORS-1 satellite bus is leaner, meaner, quicker to build and less costly to taxpayers than traditional satellites," said Senator Mikulski, chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Committee. "Finding quicker ways to put satellites into orbit will create jobs while leading to critical commercial, civil and national security information that will protect our nation and our troops overseas."

TacSat-3 was the earlier demonstration program that led to ORS-1. It was successfully launched last year and continues to perform well as an operational resource.

"The successful rapid development and launch of TacSat-3 established ATK as the first and only provider of an operational ORS bus," said Tom Wilson, vice president and general manager, ATK Spacecraft Systems & Services. "We look forward to using our flight-proven technologies in future missions."

ATK is under contract to Goodrich, the overall spacecraft integrator of the ORS-1 satellite system. ORS-1 will provide color pictures of regions selected by ground force commanders, and use existing ground systems to process and distribute the images and other information out to the battlefield. The system is designed to support urgent military needs, while establishing a foundation that will advance the multi-mission modular approach required for future ORS satellites.

The Operationally Responsive Space Office (ORS Office) is a joint initiative of several agencies within the DoD responsible for integrating joint ORS capabilities and for applying ORS resources to the development, acquisition and demonstration of capabilities to meet specific responsive space needs as established by global combatant command joint force commanders and users. The ORS-1 Program is managed by the Space Development and Test Wing located at Kirtland Air Force base with support from the ORS Office.

« Last Edit: 06/29/2011 12:38 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, October 2010
« Reply #1 on: 04/01/2011 02:00 AM »

Interesting reference to this upcoming launch in flight global http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/03/31/354985/goodrich-to-provide-sensor-upgrade-for-u-2.html

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Goodrich is set to achieve a rare treble with three versions of the same sensor technology achieving key milestones in orbit, high-altitude and medium-altitude zones within weeks of each other.
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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, October 2010
« Reply #2 on: 04/01/2011 02:04 AM »

Interesting reference to this upcoming launch in flight global http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/03/31/354985/goodrich-to-provide-sensor-upgrade-for-u-2.html

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Goodrich is set to achieve a rare treble with three versions of the same sensor technology achieving key milestones in orbit, high-altitude and medium-altitude zones within weeks of each other.

Um, upcoming? *looks at the date*
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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, October 2010
« Reply #3 on: 04/01/2011 12:47 PM »
Um, upcoming? *looks at the date*

Net May 20th 2011? A stretch for a few weeks, it has not flown yet.
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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, October 2010
« Reply #4 on: 04/01/2011 03:22 PM »
Um, upcoming? *looks at the date*

Net May 20th 2011? A stretch for a few weeks, it has not flown yet.
The original launch date was October 2010, hence my confusion.
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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #5 on: 04/18/2011 11:12 PM »
Looks like this launch may have slipped to NET Sunday May 29 with nominal lift-off at 8:00pm EDT (window 8:00pm - 11:00pm EDT).
« Last Edit: 04/19/2011 01:05 PM by AnalogMan »

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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #6 on: 04/19/2011 12:01 AM »

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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #7 on: 04/26/2011 01:08 PM »
Slipped again to NET June 10, 2011 UTC

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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #8 on: 05/02/2011 02:04 PM »
Slipped again to NET June 10, 2011 UTC
Now slipped NET June 13, 2011 UTC

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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #9 on: 06/12/2011 10:20 PM »
Slipped again to NET June 10, 2011 UTC
Now slipped NET June 13, 2011 UTC

Any update on this?
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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #10 on: 06/12/2011 10:28 PM »
Slipped again to NET June 10, 2011 UTC
Now slipped NET June 13, 2011 UTC

Any update on this?

The entry on SFN's Launch Schedule page now says "late June" (had been slipped previously from June 13th to the 18th).

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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #11 on: 06/12/2011 10:52 PM »
Latest I have seen is NET 6/28/2011 GMT , 0028 0328Z [6/27/2011 8:28 - 11:28 pm EST], but it has been that for about a week now, so its possible that it has changed again.

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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #12 on: 06/14/2011 08:14 PM »
Latest I have seen is NET 6/28/2011 GMT , 0028 0328Z [6/27/2011 8:28 - 11:28 pm EST], but it has been that for about a week now, so its possible that it has changed again.

Looks like a 1 day slip since I posted - now NET 6/29/2011 GMT , 0028 0328Z [6/28/2011 8:28 - 11:28 pm EST]

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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #13 on: 06/21/2011 03:02 PM »
All the info about Minotaur I / ORS-1, including link to the webcast http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/orsinfo.html
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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #15 on: 06/27/2011 09:57 PM »
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #16 on: 06/27/2011 10:09 PM »
Dont see any official launch forecasts, but Weather underground is stating for tomorrow night "T-storms, 60% chance of precipitation"

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=wallops+island

Edit: same for NOAA but not launch specific

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Wallops+Island&state=VA&site=AKQ&textField1=37.8439&textField2=-75.4794&e=0
« Last Edit: 06/27/2011 10:10 PM by Ronsmytheiii »
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: Minotaur I - ORS-1, NET May 20 - 2011
« Reply #17 on: 06/27/2011 10:54 PM »
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We have a 30% chance of escaping the weather with the ORS1 launch tomorrow. Planning to proceed with count.

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Re: LIVE: Minotaur I - ORS-1, June 28, 2011
« Reply #19 on: 06/28/2011 02:14 PM »
Moved for live coverage.
« Last Edit: 06/28/2011 02:38 PM by Chris Bergin »

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