ORSES (ORS 1, ORS Enabler Satellite)

ORSES
ORSES
Name ORSES (ORS 1, ORS Enabler Satellite)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Reentry 2016-01-03. Was operational until 2013-11-23, a few days.
Launched 2013-11-20
NORAD ID 39386
Deployer P-POD (Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Minotaur I
Organisation US Army Space and Missile Defense Command
Institution Military
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Launch brokerer Tyvak, ?
Oneliner Provide communications and data capabilities for underserved tactical users based on SMDC-ONE.
Results Although ORSES launched and operated successfully, it failed to demonstrate either of its mission capabilities due to a loss of satellite communications a few days after launch.  The payload radio was able to pull from either the battery or raw solar panel voltage thanks to the radio’s internal power controller. This allowed the payload radio to operate even after complete failure of the flight computer (FC) and Electrical Power System (EPS) Controller card. The SMDC-ONE flight computers were prone to on-orbit resets and all experienced total flight computer failure within months of on-orbit operation.
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Last modified: 2020-09-23
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