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EWS RROCI (Electro Optical/Infrared Weather System Rapid Revisit Optical Cloud Imager) is a mission to demonstrate an Electro-Optical / Infrared (EO/IR) LEO-based cloud characterization solution for the USSF Electro Optical/Infrared Weather System (EWS) that supports U.S. warfighter operations.

This mission is a response to United States Space Force (USSF) Space Systems Command (SMC) search for a commercial prototype EWS mission capable of characterizing global clouds in near real-time to support Department of Defense operations. SMC selected Orion Space Solutions (OSS) (formerly Astra LLC), in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, Science and Technology Corporation, Pumpkin, Inc., and Atmospheric & Environmental Research (AER), for the first phase of the EWS mission to design, develop, and demonstrate its eight (8)-channel RROCI prototype. OSS’ imagery utilizes commercial off-the-shelf systems to produce cloud characterization, mitigate weather risk, provide theater weather, and compare payload outputs to existing satellite data from a 12U-CubeSat meeting USSF mission requirements.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Meteorology
Operator: USSF Space Systems Command (SMC)
Contractors: Orion Space Solutions (OSS) (formerly Astra LLC), Lockheed Martin, Science and Technology Corporation, Pumpkin, Inc., Atmospheric & Environmental Research (AER)
Equipment: RROCI imager
Configuration: CubeSat (12U)
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
EWS RROCI 2023-001 03.01.2023 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with YAM 5, Lynk Tower 03, 04, Umbra-SAR 04, 05, EOS-SAT 1, ICEYE X21, X22, X27, ÑuSat 32, ..., 35, Skykraft Deployer 1, Skykraft 1, ..., 4, Chimera LEO-1, ION-SCV 007, 008, Astrocast 0401, ..., 0404, Futura SM1, Futura SM3, Kelpie 1, Sharjah-Sat 1, TAU-SAT 2, Orbiter SN1, (Skyline Celestial), MDQSAT 1A, 1B, (NPC Spacemind), PROVES-Yearling, Sapling 1, Unicorn 2G, 2H, Vigoride 5, ZEUS 1, KSF 3A, ..., 3D, Flock-4y 1, ..., 36, Lemur-2 157, ..., 162, SpaceBEE 156, ..., 167, EWS RROCI, BRO 8, Gama Alpha, Menut, MilSpace2 1, 2, NSLSat 2, Platform 2, EYE 1, STAR-VIBE, Sternula 1, Connecta T1.2, Guardian alpha, KuwaitSat 1, PolyITAN-HP-30, BDSAT 2, Pushan alpha

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