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ORS 8

ORS 8 (Operationally Responsive Space 8) mission is planned as a gap-filling system to perform cloud characterization and theater weather imagery in place of the aging Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP-5D3) until WSF-E becomes available. The mission is managed by the US Air Force working with the NASA Ames Research Center’s small spacecraft prototyping office.

ORS-8, which will be ready to launch in 2020, would receive $88 million in Fiscal 2018 budget proposal. ORS-8 will not provide a long-term solution—that requirement will be met by Weather Satellite Follow-on E (WSF-E). But because WSF-E has an initial launch capability date of 2023, ORS was asked for ORS-8 to provide environmental monitoring in the meantime.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) was contracted to build the satellite, with Harris providing an updated version of its legacy sensor, the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR). After a protest by SSL, the contract with SNC was rescinded in January 2018 with further steps to be determined.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Meteorology
Operator:
Contractors: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) (prime); Harris (payload)
Equipment: AVHRR
Configuration:
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ORS 8 - 2020 with ?