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ORCA is a 6U CubeSat Department of Defense payload sponsored through Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was built by SEOPS and Blue Canyon Technologies.

ORCA uses a 6U CubeSat satellite to demonstrate satellite technologies including radio frequency (RF) for communication between spacecraft and from space to ground. This technology supports increased satellite applications that increase the need for automated ground control.

ORCA was launched on board of Dragon CRS-18 and transfered on the ISS to the SEOPS Slingshot deployer on Cygnus CRS-11. It was deployed on 8 August 2019 after Cygnus CRS-11 departed from the ISS.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: DARPA
Contractors: SEOPS, Blue Canyon Technologies (bus)
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ORCA (SEOPS-ORCA) 2019-022H 25.07.2019 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-18, IDA 3, RFTSat 1, Quantum Radar 3, NARSScube 2