Press Release

ORS-1 Satellite Successfully Launched Aboard a Minotaur 1 Rocket

By SpaceRef Editor
June 30, 2011
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ORS-1 Satellite Successfully Launched Aboard a Minotaur 1 Rocket

Goodrich Corporation (NYSE:GR) 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, a Fortune 500 company, 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.  For more information visit
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SpaceRef staff editor.