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2013-07-01 08:20:39

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems announced today that the ORS-1 satellite has celebrated its second anniversary in space. ORS-1, the first Operationally Responsive Space satellite specifically designed to support combatant command operations was launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility aboard a Minotaur I launch vehicle on June 29, 2011, at 11:09 p.m. EDT. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). "The ORS-1...

2013-04-22 08:21:31

Study to Focus on Innovative Surveillance Technology for Battlefield Imagery ARLINGTON, Va., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) was awarded a contract to support the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va. for the Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements (SeeMe) program. SeeMe seeks to develop enabling technologies to provide reliable surveillance data to the warfighter in the field, using small, low-cost satellites that are...

2013-01-07 08:21:10

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced today it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Defense Weather Systems Directorate to execute a study of Network-Centric Small Satellites as an element of SMC's Weather Satellite Follow-On Activities. This study will provide comprehensive insight into the capabilities and characteristics of a 21st century weather data service that can systematically augment the legacy...

2012-05-01 06:20:24

ARLINGTON, Va., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) announces the conclusion of the Tactical Satellite-3 (TacSat-3) mission. The Air Force announced on April 30th, 2012, that the satellite deorbited into and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere nearly three years after its May 2009 launch. TacSat-3 was designed for six months of operation, with a goal of one year. Not only did it outlive its design life, it also surpassed its original mission requirements and goals as an experimental...

2011-09-28 17:37:00

SPARKS, Nev., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems is pleased to announce its role in the Tactical Satellites (TacSat)-4 mission. The Universal Interface Electronics (UIE) unit was developed by SNC and launched as part of the TacSat-4 mission on September 27th. The UIE unit is a prototype of SNC's distributed, modular avionics architecture developed as part of the DoD plug and play responsive satellite initiative. The primary purpose of the UIE...

2011-06-19 04:00:00

PARIS, June 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A groundbreaking space sensor built by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed its second year on orbit, exceeding its design life by 100 percent. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110619/NE22120-a ) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110619/NE22120-b ) The Advanced Responsive, Tactically Effective Military Imaging Sensor was launched aboard the Air Force Research Laboratory's TacSat-3 in May 2009. Originally slated for a...

2011-06-07 06:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) joins the U.S. Air Force Space Command in observing the two year anniversary on-orbit for the Tactical Satellite-3 (TacSat-3). Originally designed for six months of operation with a one year goal, the spacecraft successfully transitioned from experimental to operational status last year, outliving its design life and surpassing original mission requirements. Launched in May 2009, TacSat-3's mission is to demonstrate capability to...

2010-06-10 08:00:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) hyperspectral imaging sensor known as ARTEMIS is being prepared for a first-of-its-kind tactical military role by the Air Force Space Command. The company's Advanced Responsive Tactically Effective Military Imaging Spectrometer has successfully completed its one-year experimental mission aboard the Air Force Research Laboratory's Tactical Satellite-3. Based on the success of that mission, Raytheon has been...

2009-06-03 09:00:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 3, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received confirmation from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory that its hyperspectral imaging sensor known as ARTEMIS has been activated aboard the TacSat-3 spacecraft and is fully functional. The milestone continues Raytheon's 40-year history of on-orbit success. Activation also marks the beginning of the year-long TacSat-3 mission to test the payload's ability to deliver tactical surveillance information...

2009-06-02 09:54:00

CHATSWORTH, Calif., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Aitech Defense Systems Inc., the world's first and largest independent manufacturer of open architecture electronic boards and subsystem level products for harsh, environmentally-demanding defense, aerospace and space applications, has provided a low-power, radiation-tolerant 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) conduction-cooled bus avionics card set for the ATK Space Systems' Responsive Space Modular Bus (RSMB) used on the Tactical Satellite-3, which was...