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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...

2013-01-07 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...

TacSat-4 Enables Polar Region SatCom Experiment
2012-03-11 06:50:30

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter HEALY (WAGB 20) successfully experimented with NRL's TacSat-4 communications satellite, Jan. 24, by communicating from the Bering Sea off the western coast of Alaska to Coast Guard Island, Alameda, Calif. Returning from an escort and icebreaking mission to Nome, Alaska, assisting the Russian tanker Renda delivery of emergency fuel to the town, the USCGC HEALY – Coast Guard's only polar icebreaker – was approximately 260 nautical miles south of the...

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...

Department Of Defense Launches New Satellite Out Of Alaska
2011-09-28 06:19:33

The Department of Defense said on Tuesday that a rocket launched from an Alaska island carrying an experimental Navy communications satellite. Peter Wegner, the agency's director of the Operationally Responsive Space Office, said the satellite will allow troops with radios to communicate without the need to position antennas in dangerous settings. The rocket was launched from the state-owned Kodiak Launch Complex for the Naval Research Laboratory project.  Wegner said the project...

2011-09-21 03:39:44

The Naval Research Laboratory's Tactical Satellite IV (TacSat-4) has been encapsulated inside the fairing (nose cone) of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur-IV+ launch vehicle in preparation for a Sept. 27 launch from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation's Kodiak Launch Complex. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored the development of the payload and the first year of operations. The Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office funded the launch that is managed by the Space...

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2011-08-22 16:42:19

The Naval Research Laboratory's Tactical Satellite IV (TacSat-4) is scheduled to launch from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation's Kodiak Launch Complex, Tuesday, September 27, 2011, aboard an Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur-IV+ launch vehicle. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored the development of the payload and the first year of operations. The Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office funded the launch which is managed by the Space Development and Test Directorate (SD), 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...

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2009-12-02 08:28:05

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) engineers have completed all environmental and performance testing on the TacSat-4 COMMx payload. This completes the entire TacSat-4 spacecraft as the spacecraft bus was completed in May 2008. The launch date was fall 2009, however it was moved to August 2010 because of Minotaur-IV technical issues and changing DoD mission priorities. TacSat-4 is a Navy led joint mission to augment current satellite communications (SATCOM) capabilities and to advance...