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ORS 5 (SensorSat)

ORS 5 [ORS]

ORS 5 (Operationally Responsive Space 5) or SensorSat is the fifth mission of the ORS program. This satellite will conduct space surveillance as a gap filler for the SBSS Block 10 satellite.

A 80 - 110 kg ORS satellite to be launched 2017 is planned as a gap filler mission for the SBSS Block 10 mission, for which a full successor has not yet been funded and which is not expected to launch before 2021. It is planned to operate from a low inclination orbit of 500-700 km height to observe satellites in the geostationary belt.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Lincoln Laboratory is to design and build an operational demonstration of the SensorSat satellite, which continuously scans the GEO belt from a low earth orbit.

The overall objectives of the ORS-5 program are, in priority order:

  • Demonstrate technologies that could prove "good enough" for geosynchronous SSA
  • Create risk reduction opportunities to a future program of record
  • Develop and demonstrate ORS enablers and principles

A dedicated launch launch vehicle for a total cost of less than $20 million was baselined, with Athena-1c, Minotaur-1, Pegasus-XL and Super-Strypi being considered. The launch cost cap has since been removed, as no provider could be found.

In July 2015, Orbital ATK was selected as the launch provider with a Minotaur-4 derived vehicle with an additional Orion-38 fifth stage from Cape Canaveral to be used.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Space surveillance
Operator: USAF
Contractors: MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion:
Power: solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 80 - 110 kg
Orbit: 600 km × 600 km, 0°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ORS 5 (SensorSat) - 2017 CC SLC-46 Minotaur-4 Orion-38

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