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    Orion Space Solutions launches an Electro-Optical/Infrared Weather Systems (EWS) Satellite for U.S. Department of Defense support 3/7/24 Orion's state-of-the-art electro-optical/infrared weather system spacecraft is now on orbit. READ MORE Orion Space Solutions Completes Critical Design Review (CDR) for U.S. Warfighter Support 1/2/24 Orion Space Solution’s Tetra-5 will now proceed to design assembly, integration, and test READ MORE Arcfield Acquires Orion Space Solutions 11/29/23 Combination will deliver space superiority and resiliency solutions to U.S. government agencies READ MORE OSS Launches the Consortium for Space Quantum Innovation to accelerate Quantum Excellence for USA 8/31/23 Accelerating Quantum Excellence and Development for Defense and Civilian Sectors READ MORE OSS and Microsoft are revolutionizing US national security space domain with the NEXUS Space Network 7/10/23 This collaboration marks a significant milestone in advancing data interoperability and synchronized decision advantage integration between Joint Forces, as well as allies and partner nations READ MORE Novel Ionosphere Images collected from Wave Glider in Pacific Ocean 4/18/23 This innovative approach allows collection of ionospheric data over the ocean from a moving platform READ MORE Orion Space Solutions to Develop State-of-the-Art Earth Observation Processing System for NOAA 10/13/22 OSS technology will allow users to visualize the Earth's past and present, and predict future environment READ MORE Orion Space Solutions Team Selected to Lead U.S. Space Force Tetra-5 Mission 8/16/22 Team of mostly small aerospace companies wins USSF mission development contract READ MORE OSS Founder and CEO Co-chairs New National Academies of Sciences Space Weather Roundtable 7/27/22 Roundtable experts will strategize on how to advance space weather forecasting and research efforts, and improve preparedness for space weather events. READ MORE Orion Space Solutions supports CAPSTONE Program for NASA Moon Missions 7/17/22 Orion’s Chip Scale Atomic Clock provides critical positioning and tracking data for the CAPSTONE Moon Mission READ MORE Uptick in Solar Activity Parallels Discussion on Effects of Space Weather on the Electrical Grid 4/27/22 Gathering of power industry and solar science experts in April focuses on early warning needs and opportunities READ MORE General Atomics and Orion Space win contracts for military weather satellites 3/2/22 The U.S. Space Force selected General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems and Orion Space Solutions to each develop and launch demonstration satellites for weather imaging and cloud characterization. READ MORE NEWS Check out the latest news!

  • Orion Space Solutions launches an Electro-Optical/Infrared Weather Systems (EWS) Satellite for U.S. Department of Defense support

    Orion Space Solutions launches an Electro-Optical/Infrared Weather Systems (EWS) Satellite for U.S. Department of Defense support Orion's state-of-the-art electro-optical/infrared weather system spacecraft is now on orbit. CHANTILLY, Va., March 7, 2024 — Orion Space Solutions (Orion), a wholly owned subsidiary of Arcfield, announced today that its Rapid Revisit Optical Cloud Imager (RROCI) satellite successfully launched on Monday, March 4. This state-of-the-art electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) weather system (EWS) spacecraft will provide high-resolution Earth observations and infrared data, allowing for accurate and up-to-date weather forecasting for the U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space Systems Command (SSC). SSC selected Orion and its team of partners to design, develop and demonstrate its 8-channel RROCI prototype in support of its EWS program. Orion’s RROCI imager utilizes commercial off-the-shelf systems to characterize cloud cover, mitigate weather risk, and provide on-the-ground weather data. During its one-year demonstration, the RROCI payload will also compare its outputs to existing U.S. weather satellite data, all from a 12U CubeSat that meets USSF’s rigorous demonstration mission requirements. "We are thrilled to support the U.S. Space Force with our advanced weather satellite," said Chad Fish, Orion general manager and president. "Ensuring the safety and success of military operations such as maritime surface tracking, adversarial missile observation and intelligence collection, depends on having access to reliable weather data. We believe RROCI’s capabilities will make a significant contribution in this regard and are honored to be trusted with this work." The Orion team of expert engineers and scientists developed the RROCI satellite for USSF from its state-of-the-art facilities in Louisville, CO. The novel spacecraft has undergone rigorous testing to ensure its capabilities meet the government’s required demonstration mission capabilities. Over the next 12 months, the Orion team will manage on-orbit operations and data collection for RROCI. “Not only does this deployment mark a significant milestone for Arcfield, as we continue to expand our portfolio of space-based solutions through our Orion business,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman and cheif executive officer of Arcfield. “It also marks a significant milestone for our Department of Defense mission partners as we work together to develop innovative solutions in support of our nation’s space superiority objective.” Previous Next Mar 7, 2024

  • HOME | ORION SPACE SOLUTIONS

    CUSTOMIZED SPACE SOLUTIONS ACROSS EVERY DOMAIN As scientists and engineers, Orion knows what it takes to collect quality data and how to use it. We leverage innovative solutions—including small satellites, miniaturized instruments, models and data products—to deliver actionable insights to our customers. LEARN MORE SUPPORT THE MISSION. SECURE THE NATION. Every day we play a critical role in securing the nation by providing government customers with unparalleled expertise, technology and commitment. Are you up for the challenge? EXPLORE CAREERS DEMONSTRATING CAPABILITIES. DELIVERING SYSTEMS. Orion’s SmallSat science missions demonstrate our proven ability to achieve mission success—regardless of how demanding or rigorous the requirements. LEARN MORE ORION SPACE SOLUTIONS SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES RROCI Orion's state-of-the-art electro-optical/infrared weather system spacecraft is now on orbit! READ MORE END-TO-END SPACE MISSION SOLUTIONS Orion provides detailed space mission planning and design expertise throughout the mission lifetime—from formulation through implementation to on-orbit mission operations—we have the expertise and experience to deliver successful space missions. LEARN MORE FOR EARTH, SPACE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN SERVICES Orion Space Solutions helps customers gain low-cost access to space through innovative SmallSat sensors and subsystems. Our robust satellite system designs, in-depth analyses, and advanced technical and scientific capabilities ensure mission success. LEARN MORE MISSIONS We understand the science, objectives and requirements that drive successful mission architectures. Orion gained this in-depth understanding through the development and execution of two decades worth of our own successful space-based missions. LEARN MORE CAREERS Whether you are just starting your career or are an experienced professional, Orion is always seeking new minds to advance the innovation and technology we work on every day. LEARN MORE NEWSROOM Explore the Orion newsroom to stay up to date on our latest missions, news and business and industry developments. Learn about all things Orion in the marketplace. READ MORE

  • BENEFITS | Orion

    TAKING CARE OF OUR PEOPLE At Orion, we know without a doubt that our people make the biggest difference. That’s why, along with helping our customers achieve mission success, our people are our top priority. From the moment you apply online to the time you arrive at orientation, it is our own mission to assure you are made to feel like just that—a priority. A CULTURE OF CONTINUOUS LEARNING At Orion, we have a culture of learning where training and career development is a partnership and mutual investment between the company and the employee. In addition to hiring the best and the brightest, we ensure our employees have access to the tools and educational opportunities to succeed in their jobs and grow their careers. We offer a wide range of career development opportunities, including: LONG-TERM DISABILITY SHORT-TERM DISABILITY 401(K) WITH IMMEDIATE VESTING FLEXIBLE SPENDING PLAN HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT HEALTH AND WELLNESS It takes more than competitive salaries to attract and retain the best employees—they deserve great pay, a flexible work environment and solid, sustainable benefits. Orion’s benefits program, provided by our parent company Arcfield, was created and evolves frequently to ensure we provide our employees with the peace of mind they need to enjoy their job and life outside of work. ​ We review our benefit options annually to ensure we’re offering the most complete and competitive package. Benefits include: ON-THE-JOB, CLASSROOM AND SELF-PACED TRAINING FORMAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AT EVERY STAGE OF YOUR CAREER INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS MENTORING Please note that benefits may vary by locations. A complete and current descriptions of our benefits will be provided upon hire. MEDICAL INSURANCE DENTAL INSURANCE VISION INSURANCE LIFE INSURANCE PAID TIME OFF

  • OSS and Microsoft are revolutionizing US national security space domain with the NEXUS Space Network

    OSS and Microsoft are revolutionizing US national security space domain with the NEXUS Space Network This collaboration marks a significant milestone in advancing data interoperability and synchronized decision advantage integration between Joint Forces, as well as allies and partner nations Louisville, CO, July 10, 2023 —Orion Space Solutions (Orion) is collaborating with Microsoft to greatly enhance the space architecture of the U.S. Department of Defense with a pioneering development - the NEXUS Electromagnetic Data Mesh Network for Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control (CJADC2) [aka NEXUS Space Network] . This collaboration marks a significant milestone in advancing data interoperability and synchronized decision advantage integration between Joint Forces, as well as allies and partner nations. The NEXUS Space Network, the world's first cross-domain cognitive electromagnetic data mesh, revolutionizes the way ground and on-orbit data is harnessed, enabling unparalleled access to vital information for the U.S. Department of Defense and coalition forces. By seamlessly integrating Orion and Microsoft's secure, enterprise-grade NEXUS Electromagnetic Data-as-a-Service (EDaaS) capabilities, this strategic collaboration empowers the CJADC2 initiative, delivering a unified cross-domain identity across the Microsoft Azure Government and Azure Commercial environments. “Through our collective efforts, Microsoft and Orion are poised to reshape the landscape of space domain intelligence, equipping DoD service members with the tools they need to carry out their missions safely, effectively, and efficiently,” states Chad Fish, Chief Operating Officer of Orion. “This strategic collaboration combines our deep understanding of space missions and classical and quantum mechanical data expertise, supporting the DoD to integrate data capabilities, space assets, and reference architectures for a totally combined coalition force.” Dr. Samih Fadli, Chief Information Officer of Orion, emphasizes the significance of an identity-based hybrid quantum-classical approach in the CJADC2 architecture, uniting the Joint Force and allies to synchronize space domain operations and plans on a global scale. "Our cutting-edge EDaaS mesh network will deliver combined interoperability to the U.S. Government and its allies, laying a robust foundation for imminent on-orbit space quantum collaboration" states Dr. Fadli. Wes Anderson, Vice President for Defense, Microsoft Federal, on the collaboration. "Working with Orion to support NEXUS on Azure will help accelerate national security missions and enable the U.S. Department of Defense to advance data superiority and interoperability to achieve their goal of transforming space operations. Together with Orion, we are redefining possibilities and driving innovation in the space domain." The strategic relationship between Orion Space Solutions and Microsoft will help advance innovation and unlock future possibilities. Together, we envision a future where space exploration and data interoperability transcend boundaries, empowering us to push the boundaries of knowledge and forge new horizons. Previous Next Jul 10, 2023

  • RACHEL HAUSER

    Previous Next RACHEL HAUSER VP, Strategic Communications As vice president of strategic communications at Orion, Rachel manages the front-line business development process. In this role, she is responsible for business opportunity planning and strategy development throughout the capture and proposal process, including identifying and managing deliverables through the entire life cycle of each new business opportunity. Prior to joining Orion, Rachel served as the director of development at the University of Colorado where she identified, developed and promoted collaborations amongst donors and government agencies. Before her time at the University of Colorado, Rachel spent 11 years with the National Center for Atmospheric Research serving as a research relations specialist and writer. She also served as the primary engagement manager for the Capacity Center for Climate Extremes working on funding and collaboration opportunities for public-private partnerships within the United States and internationally. Earlier in her career, Rachel served as the foundations and partnerships manager for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in physical geography and environmental studies from McGill University and is a past participant in the Arizona State University Winter School with a focus on geoengineering and governance.

  • JUNK WILSON

    Previous Next JUNK WILSON SVP, Military Relations As the senior vice president for military relations, Junk Wilson leads Orion’s efforts to deliver system engineering and integration support to the U.S. Space Force (USSF), Space Systems Command (SSC) in Colorado Springs, CO. Under his leadership, Junk manages an expert team of engineers and scientists who execute in multiple geographies to provide advanced situational awareness to warfighters in INDOPACOM, SOCOM and EUCOM on the impact of the current space environment to their missions. Junk joined Orion in 2022 after spending six years with Booz Allen Hamilton where he led a business portfolio supporting the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque and the USSF Space Domain Awareness PEO in SSC. Prior to that, Junk spent 24 years with the U.S. Air Force (USAF). A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a degree in applied physics, Junk was selected for pilot training. He finished 2nd in his class, and was selected to fly the premier air superiority fighter, the F-15C. His time in the F-15 included combat and culminated as a mission commander leading large formations of dissimilar aircraft in offensive and defensive counter air missions.

  • U.S. Space Force SMC awards Orion Space Solutions EO/IR mission to support US warfighter

    U.S. Space Force SMC awards Orion Space Solutions EO/IR mission to support US warfighter The U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has selected ASTRA, LLC to develop and demonstrate an Electro-Optical / Infrared (EO/IR) LEO-based cloud characterization solution that supports U.S. warfighter operations. Louisville, CO, July 28, 2020–The U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has selected ASTRA, LLC to develop and demonstrate an Electro-Optical / Infrared (EO/IR) LEO-based cloud characterization solution that supports U.S. warfighter operations. Striving to bridge gaps and improve functionality of Space-Based Environmental Monitoring (SBEM) systems, USSF SMC sought a commercial prototype EO/IR Weather System (EWS) mission capable of characterizing global clouds in near real-time to support Department of Defense operations. "An industry leader in space science technology and research, ASTRA is proud to be chosen by the U.S. Space Force to provide our Rapid Revisit Optical Cloud Imager (RROCI) system to deliver near-real time cloud characterization data in support of the warfighter," says Bill Baker, ASTRA Sr. Vice President of Data Solutions. SMC selected ASTRA, 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 8-channel RROCI prototype. ASTRA’s imager will utilize commercial off-the-shelf systems to produce cloud characterization, mitigate weather risk, provide theater weather, and comparison of payload outputs to existing satellite data from a 12U satellite that meets USSF mission requirements. “USSF SMC seeks an agile, cost-effective technology to provide timely, mission-critical information to the warfighter – ASTRA’s proposed prototype will achieve this,” explains Dr. Scott Jensen, the project’s principal investigator and ASTRA Sr. Vice President for Technology. “Our solution assures easy implementation and rapid refresh of new technology into the architecture as required, and will meet both government and commercial SBEM requirements.” ASTRA’s proposed solution will provide a cost-effective and agile demonstration mission, reducing risk and demonstrating readily available commercial technology that meets USSF’s required operational mission capabilities. Previous Next Jul 28, 2020

  • Uptick in Solar Activity Parallels Discussion on Effects of Space Weather on the Electrical Grid

    Uptick in Solar Activity Parallels Discussion on Effects of Space Weather on the Electrical Grid Gathering of power industry and solar science experts in April focuses on early warning needs and opportunities Louisville, CO, April 28, 2022 —Our electric grid is at the whim of the natural world’s powerful forces – wind, lightning, Sun. As the solar cycle ramps back up in activity (a regular occurrence after relatively quiet period), the power grid reawakens to the threat of space weather, which has the potential to push the system beyond its tipping point. Space weather is a global and imminent threat, falling in the same likelihood of occurrence in the next five years as “pandemic influenza,”[1] but society is less prepared for a space weather disaster than another pandemic. Power grids are complex systems and solar activity resulting in geomagnetic storms can wreak havoc on grid infrastructure. Current ability to predict such storms exists, but is only as mature as weather prediction was 50 years ago. This makes good communication between scientists, emergency managers, and those in charge of the power grid essential. Such communications are often stymied by lack of common vocabulary and technical focus and understanding between the groups. Orion Space Solutions’ (OSS) Ryan McGranaghan[2] and his university and power grid collaborators strive to change this reality through the concept of convergence ,[3] or a radical merging of innovative ideas, approaches, and technologies from a diverse range of sectors and expertise. Through a National Science Foundation-funded workshop (Award Number: AGS-2131047) and with the understanding that to reimagine grid resilience, data from diverse fields must be open and broadly usable and the traditionally disparate communities must be connected, McGranaghan brought together experts from diverse fields to share expertise and take advantage of the spectrum of innovation, knowledge, and assets available within and across these groups. The group was animated by three questions: What are the research & development and operational gaps that emerge from a holistic view of the Sun-to-Power Grid system and what solutions can we imagine to address them? What is the composition of the teams that can create these solutions? How do we connect these gaps to existing programs and form bridges across them? “We designed this event based on a convergence approach to Sun-to-Power Grid resilience, recognizing that national-scale societal challenges require transdisciplinary collaboration and novel ways to facilitate it”, says Dr. McGranaghan of OSS. “So we created a simulation game that enabled individuals from every part of the system to communicate, learn, and understand.” The interactions were facilitated through an extreme space weather simulation game--a table-top coupled with simulation and observational data in an interactive environment to reveal novel research and development gaps for the Sun-to-Power Grid System. The novel simulation game identified linkages across knowledge areas to better anticipate, understand, and respond to effects of space weather on the nation’s power grids. The engaging three-day workshop generated new understanding about the complex sun-to-power grid system by converging the range of communities that are involved, identifying the research & development and operational gaps, and proposing solutions for those gaps. In a close, and novel, partnership with RWI Synthetics[4] , they demonstrated the human dimension of socio-economic impacts of outage by synthesizing the entire population of Washington DC, including social, economic, and medical details to model and visualize the individualized impacts of outage on the population of a city. The event was organized into three days: the simulation game, synthesizing lessons learned and gaps, and systems-building, which had teams of data scientists and domain scientists and engineers work together to prototype solutions. Critical outcomes include: A lessons learned database that cover how to achieve convergent interactions and guidance for future Sun-to-Power Grid interactions; Enumerated and organized R&D gaps that can guide the community in setting policy, advocating resources, and proposing new projects; and A knowledge base of simulation data, literature, a community exchange platform, and a template for running simulation games. The workshop is the next step in the successful NSF Convergence Accelerator Project the Convergence Hub for the Exploration of Space Science (CHESS)[5] which pioneered the paradigm-shifting convergent approach to Sun-to-Power Grid research, development, and operations. “Space weather is about societal resilience, multiphysics, and multiscale. This simulation game embodied all three facets”, says Dr. Mangala Sharma, Program Director for Space Weather Research at the NSF. The community the CHESS project has been cultivating along with existing programs and projects in the field includes representatives from the National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of Energy, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), several national space weather programs, and numerous academic and private institutions. [1] https://assets.lloyds.com/assets/pdf-solar-storm-risk-to-the-north-american-electric-grid/1/pdf-Solar-Storm-Risk-to-the-North-American-Electric-Grid.pdf [2] http://www.ryanmcgranaghan.com/ [3] https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/convergence/index.jsp [4] https://rwisynthetics.com/ [5] https://www.chessscience.com/ Previous Next Apr 27, 2022

  • SCIENCE AND DATA ANALYTICS | Orion

    SCIENCE AND DATA ANALYTICS At Orion Space Solutions, we develop thoughtful solutions to solve complex challenges across a multitude of fields. Our customized technology and data solutions are used to achieve greater space domain awareness, understand the broader impacts of climate change and strengthen our national security. Building on a foundation of space science We believe that science is paramount. That’s why we apply it to everything that we do. With decades of experience in science, engineering and data analytics, our team utilizes deep scientific understanding and expertise in every aspect of space physics to produce new interpretations of data and model output, and new insights and discoveries for our customers. CONTACT US Observation System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) Orion’s software tools quantify the impact of various measurements for both ionospheric and thermospheric specification, enabling vital ‘analysis of alternatives’ exercises, and helping to maximize the utility of new sensors through OSSEs. With Orion’s OSSE Tool (OSSET), government agencies can realize millions of dollars in savings by preventing the deployment of unnecessary or redundant sensors. OSSET also offers users a numerical experiment that provides critical data to better inform these complex and expensive choices. Intelligent data for a smarter planet Creating actionable insights is the goal of all of Orion’s technological development. We support a multitude of industries and services that are essential for living not only in a smarter nation—but on a smarter planet. TROPOSPHERIC WEATHER Atmospheric data collection and modeling for weather forecasting, managing economic impact and business interruption and long-term climate change insight.​ COMMUNICATIONS From GPS to the various communication methods we use, our atmospheres affect how we use these devices and their ability to function when needed.​ SPACE ENVIRONMENT MONITORING AND RISK MANAGEMENT Using data to help government and commercial entities manage risk for launch decisions and space operational hazards to humans, property and spacecraft. CLIMATE CHANGE Collecting and analyzing actionable intelligence for governments and businesses to operate more efficiently, profitably, and with greater social responsibility related to our resources, our environment and the sustainability of our planet. SPACE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT Orion’s data and modeling tools help mission managers operate spacecraft more efficiently and safely through improved orbital analysis. AGRICULTURE Water, food and oxygen are the most critical elements to human existence on Earth. Collecting and analyzing atmospheric and terrestrial data to produce, sustain and protect these resources.

  • Orion Space Solutions supports CAPSTONE Program for NASA Moon Missions

    Orion Space Solutions supports CAPSTONE Program for NASA Moon Missions Orion’s Chip Scale Atomic Clock provides critical positioning and tracking data for the CAPSTONE Moon Mission Louisville, CO, July 18, 2022 —NASA launched its Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) on June 28, as a part of the Artemis program, to study a specific orbit for the future Gateway lunar station. Led by Advanced Space, this mission is test driving orbital analysis that will enable NASA’s future exploration efforts. Orion Space Solutions (OSS) provides a critical satellite component that will support mission success. Space systems need reliable timing information when flying beyond well-understood orbits, into regions where GPS and other communication signals lose contact with Earth-based systems or control centers. Lacking the information provided by these standard communications, mission operators lose positioning and navigation knowledge and capabilities. The longer a system goes without updated information, the more likely it can drift away from its intended trajectory, resulting in higher potential for mission error or risk. To address this problem, OSS engineers developed the Chip Scale Atomic Clock, or CSAC, as an important part of the CAPSTONE experiment. CSAC is a precision clock able to provide critical positioning and timing data while the small satellite is in the near-rectilinear halo orbit, which is the planned orbit for the Gateway station to the moon on its future lunar mission. The low size, weight, and power of the CSAC system means it is easily integrated into CubeSats and other small satellites. Several OSS space-based programs use CSAC, giving the equipment flight-proven status. “OSS engineers and scientists develop space solutions that work,” says Mr. Erik Stromberg, OSS Senior Director of Special Programs. “With humans returning to the moon, CSAC’s ability to maintain positioning and timing data for any potential dropouts in signal are essential contributions to keeping astronauts and satellites safe for programs, such as CAPSTONE.” “CSAC will provide reliable timing information to maintain a highly accurate positioning indicator for when systems have a loss of communication or positioning for the CAPSTONE mission. While the halo orbit will not put the spacecraft behind the moon, allowing for stable communication back to Earth, no spacecraft has ever operated in the designated orbit for this mission before,” explains Mr. Gerald Thompson, Senior VP of Strategy. CAPSTONE is set to arrive at the moon in November, when it will begin its 6-month long primary mission. Previous Next Jul 17, 2022

  • Orion Space Solutions Team Selected to Lead U.S. Space Force Tetra-5 Mission

    Orion Space Solutions Team Selected to Lead U.S. Space Force Tetra-5 Mission Team of mostly small aerospace companies wins USSF mission development contract Louisville, CO, August 16, 2022 —U.S. Space Force (USSF) has awarded Orion Space Solutions a contract to develop three spacecraft in support of USSF’s mission to advance and launch new technologies in space. Working with partners Hera Systems, Inc. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., and SCOUT Space Inc., Orion Space Solutions (OSS) brings together a diversified, highly capable team to build and deploy new satellites to geostationary orbit (GEO). Satellites in GEO orbits fly at a height where the satellite’s orbital period equals the Earth’s rotational speed. This allows a satellite to “sit” in space, viewing a single location on the Earth over time. “The OSS team looks forward to supporting USSF,” says Chad Fish, the project’s principal investigator and COO of Orion Space Solutions. “The team, comprised largely of small, non-traditional aerospace businesses, demonstrates the depth of skill, as well as agility and innovation that small business delivers to U.S. government programs and more broadly within the aerospace industry.” The OSS team offers deep experience in building mission-specific systems, including spacecraft and payload design, assembly, integration, and testing capabilities, as well as mission operations and ground support. The OSS Team’s small satellites – for this mission, about the size of two carry-on bags – offers the USSF a “New Space” agile, lower-cost access to space mission solution. End to end, USSF anticipates a 5-year development and mission for the program in support of its Tetra-5 Space Vision program. Previous Next Aug 16, 2022

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