Orbital Military Satellite Successfully Deployed

The U.S. Air Force and the team from Dulles-based Orbital ATK launched the ORS-5 satellite on an Orbital ATK Minotaur IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Friday morning.

The $87.5 million satellite will operate from a low inclination orbit 372 miles above the earth to aid the U.S. military’s tracking of other satellites and space debris in geosynchronous orbit 22,236 miles above the equator, commonly used by defense-related communications satellites, television broadcasting stations, and international space platforms.

“The capabilities ORS-5 brings to the nation are ushering in a new era of faster, cheaper satellite development. ORS-5 will deliver global, persistent, optical tracking of satellites in geosynchronous orbit, enabling the nation to have increased global situational awareness of space objects,” stated Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for Space.

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