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ORS 1 (USA 231)

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ORS 1 (USA 231) is classified as:


NORAD ID: 37728
Int'l Code: 2011-029A
Perigee: 383.9 km
Apogee: 389.4 km
Inclination: 40.0 °
Period: 92.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 6757 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: June 30, 2011
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: WALLOPS ISLAND (WLPIS)

ORS-1 is a a small spacecraft designed to make the benefits of satellite technology more accessible to deployed U.S. military forces in Afghanistan and other war zones in the Middle East. Developed on a rapid timeline for the Pentagon's Operationally Responsive Space office, the satellite will snap images of the battlefield and relay them directly to troops, bypassing intelligence analysts and ground controllers in the United States. The ORS 1 satellite's importance is highlighted by the planned reduction in troop levels in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. Air Force space official. With less manpower on the ground, forces will need a technological edge over the enemy. The ORS 1 spacecraft will operate at the whim of troop commanders on the battlefield, while legacy reconnaissance satellites typically capture strategic imagery that ends up in the hands of analysts in Washington, D.C.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 37728U 11029A   17068.74969004 0.00028500  00000-0  30569-3 0    05
2 37728  40.0019 356.1687 0004000  22.9246 337.0747 15.62821323    02
Source of the keplerian elements: McCants