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ORCA is a 6U CubeSat Department of Defense payload sponsored through Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was built by SEOPS and Blue Canyon Technologies.

ORCA uses a 6U CubeSat satellite to demonstrate satellite technologies including radio frequency (RF) for communication between spacecraft and from space to ground. This technology supports increased satellite applications that increase the need for automated ground control.

Alternate Names

  • 44418
  • ORCA1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2019-04-17
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States

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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