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ORS-1 Launch Information
Mission Information
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility supported the launch of the Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space Office’s ORS-1 satellite aboard a U.S. Air Force Minotaur I rocket.

Minotaur 1 successfully launched at 11:09 p.m. EDT, June 29, 2011. More information available here.

Launch video is available here. Launch images are available on Flickr.

ORS-1 is the Operationally Responsive Space Office’s first operational satellite. Rapidly developing and fielding ORS-1 is an important step to demonstrate the capability to meet emerging and persistent war-fighter needs on operationally relevant timelines.

ORS-1 was launched aboard a Minotaur I rocket, integrated by Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC). The Minotaur I is a four-stage vehicle, two stages being refurbished Minuteman II stages and the other two stages being OSC developed. The Minotaur is about 70 feet tall and 5 feet wide.

This was the fourth Minotaur I rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport since December 2006.

Viewing the Launch
The launch may be visible, depending on cloud cover and one’s viewing location, in the eastern United States from southern New York to North Carolina. It may be seen as far west from the Atlantic Coast as West Virginia and all of Pennsylvania.

Locally, the NASA Visitor Center on Va. Route 175 and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague National Seashore will be open to view the launch. Regionally, the launch may also be seen from the beaches at Ocean City, Md., and Virginia Beach, Va.

Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Operationally Responsive Space Office
U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
Goodrich Corporation
ATK Space Systems & Services
L-3 Communications
Orbital Sciences Corporation