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Polar Scout Kodiak



The Polar Scout or ORS 7 (Operationally Responsive Space 7) mission consists of satellites, that are capable of detecting transmissions from emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), which are carried on board vessels to broadcast their position if in distress.

The Coast Guard will deploy the cubesats in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s Polar Scout program, the Air Force Operationally Responsive Space Office, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They are built to the 6U CubeSat form factor.

Each Polar Scout cubesat will pass over the North Pole every 90 to 100 minutes and will be able to detect EPIRB signals from vessels in the Arctic for about 12 minutes on each orbit. The cubesats will circle the earth 15 or 16 times a day, providing more than three hours of search and rescue coverage in the Arctic daily.

Alternate Names

  • PolarScoutKodiak
  • 43764

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2018-12-03
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Full Thrust
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 4 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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