Satellite Technology Feature Article
Goodrich's ORS-1 Satellite Completes First Year in Space
By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor
Goodrich Corporation recently announced the ORS-1 satellite has completed its first anniversary in space.
ORS-1 (Operationally Responsive Space) is an American reconnaissance satellite, launched in 2011 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia. It was launched by a Minotaur I launch vehicle as the first operational satellite of the Operationally Responsive Space Office.
The module is armed with a Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System (SYERS) 2A.
The satellite was delivered in 30 months and was initiated to cater to the needs from the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) to support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
ORS-1 earned early acceptance and has been providing for CENTCOM's mission requirements for multispectral EO/IR imagery and improved battle space awareness ever since, starting within than 90 days after launch.
Being the primary imaging sensor on the U-2 reconnaissance plane, the Goodrich payload consists of a changed version of its SYERS-2 multispectral sensor. ISR Systems was to develop and provide a ground segment that formats the satellite's data products to be compatible with existing Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) infrastructure.
“The ORS-1 satellite has been meeting or exceeding expectations since its launch,” said Andreas Nonnenmacher, vice president of Goodrich's ISR Systems business. “We continue to support the Government operations team providing this valuable capability supporting CENTCOM mission objectives.”
Recently, the company opened its new facility in Brea, Calif., as part of Goodrich's Sensors and Integrated Systems business. The center makes employs 260 people in high-tech disciplines including engineering, manufacturing, and administrative functions. Providing software design and support to all Sensors and Integrated Systems sites, the Brea site will offer rescue hoists, cargo winches, digital data systems and in-flight entertainment products for the aerospace and defense industry.
The site will serve as the business' software center.
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Edited by Braden Becker