CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) the prime contractor for the ORS-1 satellite, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing of ORS-1, the first Operationally Responsive Space satellite designed to support Combatant Command operations. The testing validated spacecraft performance and functionality in an environment duplicating the extreme hot and cold temperatures the satellite will experience in space. It is the latest in a series of tests leading to delivery of the satellite to the launch site.
The successful test was conducted at Goodrich's facility in Danbury, Connecticut. According to Andreas Nonnenmacher, Goodrich Space and Defense vice president, "Successful completion of this final environmental test demonstrates the design integrity, the quality of our workmanship and the satellite's readiness to withstand the rigors of launch and space."
The ORS-1 satellite will provide battlespace awareness supporting U.S. Central Command's mission needs.
Goodrich is the lead systems integrator for the ORS-1 satellite. The payload leverages the Goodrich SYERS-2 multi-spectral sensor, the primary imaging sensor on the U-2 reconnaissance plane. Goodrich is also providing a ground segment that formats the data from the sensor payload to be compatible with the downstream processing, exploitation and dissemination used for the operational SYERS-2 sensor. The ORS-1 spacecraft bus is built for Goodrich by ATK Space Systems and is based on its TacSat-3 bus. It includes an integrated propulsion system as well as other critical subsystems for communications, attitude control, thermal control, command and data handling.
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information visit http://www.goodrich.com.
A photo of the ORS-1 satellite is available on the Goodrich image library at http://goodrich.onlineimagelibrary.com/?ac=0020&r_sk=1082571aad14
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