Spacecraft RROCI
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Organization U.S. Space Force
Institution Military
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Headquarters US
Manufacturer AIVT by Orion Space Solutions
Operator Orion Space Solutions
Partners U.S. Space Force's EWS

Demonstrate an Electro-Optical / Infrared (EO/IR) LEO-based cloud characterization solution that supports U.S. warfighter operations.


Electro Optical/Infrared Weather System Rapid Revisit Optical Cloud Imager (EWS RROCI).

United States Space Force (USSF) Space Systems Command (SMC) sought a commercial prototype EWS mission capable of characterizing global clouds in near real-time to support Department of Defense operations.

SMC selected Orion Space Solutions (OSS), 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 eight (8)-channel RROCI prototype. OSS’ imagery utilizes commercial off-theshelf systems to produce cloud characterization, mitigate weather risk, provide theater weather, and compare payload outputs to existing satellite data from a 12U satellite meeting USSF mission requirements. 

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Photo sources [1] [2]
COTS subsystems
  • PLATFORM - Pumpkin
  • THRUSTER - Benchmark Space Systems
Subsystems sources [1]
Keywords Steerable Solar Arrays, Propulsion

Related Spacecraft

Name Status Rocket Launch Orbit
RROCI (EWS RROCI, Rapid Revisit Optical Cloud Imager) Reentry 2023-01-03. Deployment failure or similar and re-entered with the upper stage. Falcon 9, (Transporter-6) 2023-01-03 515 km, 97.5 deg
RROCI-2 (EWS RROCI, Rapid Revisit Optical Cloud Imager) not launched Falcon 9, (Transporter-10) 2024-02-31 not launched

Last modified: 2023-12-29

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