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US Army's ORSES (Operationally Responsive Space Enabler Satellite) satellite is an experimental 3U CubeSat designed by the ORS Office and SMDC to provide communications and data capabilities for underserved tactical users. The satellite is based on the SMDC-ONE communications cubesats, but with an upgraded radio communication system and encryption.

The ORS Office independently developed the Vulcan Wireless Software Defined Radio (SDR) and the Raytheon Gryphon Type-I NSA certified encryption for first flight demonstration on the ORS-3 Mission. The SDR and Type-I encryption will provide significant performance and security upgrades to any future CubeSat mission.

Alternate Names

  • 39386

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2013-11-20
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States
Mass: 5 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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