Alliant Techsystems (ATK) Spacecraft Systems and Services of Beltsville, Md., shipped the platform for the ORS-1 reconnaissance satellite to prime contractor Goodrich ISR Systems of Danbury, Conn., for integration of its electro-optical and infrared imaging payload, ATK announced April 19.

ORS-1 is the first operational satellite being built by the U.S. Defense Department’s Operationally Responsive Space Office. Built in response to an urgent need for reconnaissance data from U.S. Central Command, it is on an aggressive two-year development schedule and on pace to launch by the end of the year aboard a Minotaur rocket.

The satellite was shipped to Connecticut after completing environmental testing at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., the release said.


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