ORS 3 similar
ORS 3 (Operationally Responsive Space 3) is the third mission of the ORS program. In contrast to the first two missions, it will not be a satellite, but experimental avionics for the launch vehicle, which are mounted in the avionics section of the last stage.
The goal of the ORS Office is to develop the capability to rapidly reconfigure, launch, and operate space vehicles in a matter of days.
The flight's primary objective is testing space-based rocket tracking technology and an autonomous termination system smart enough to destroy the rocket if it flies off course. The Air Force is migrating toward using GPS receivers on rockets to avoid the overhead costs of legacy radar trackers. The next step will be for launch vehicles to track themselves, comparing real-time GPS positions to predicted values, and issuing a command to destroy itself if it veers too far from its planned flight path.
The payloads onboard of the last stage are:
|Type / Application:||Imaging|
|Operator:||US Air Force (USAF)|
|Configuration:||Avionics mounted on 4th stage|
|Orbit:||499 km × 506 km, 40.51°|
|ORS 3||2013-064AF||20.11.2013||WI LA-0B||Minotaur-1||with STPSat 3, ORSES, ORS Tech 1, ORS Tech 2, SENSE 1, SENSE 2, Ho`oponopono 2, Firefly, STARE B, Prometheus 1.1, ..., 1.8, Black Knight 1, NPS-SCAT, COPPER, ChargerSat 1, TJ3Sat, Trailblazer 1, Vermont Lunar Cubesat, SwampSat, CAPE 2, DragonSat 1, KySat 2, PhoneSat v2.4|