Being Responsive to Space Needs: AFRL Advances ORS Capabilities through Two Collaborative Satellite Efforts
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB MESA AZ WARFIGHTER READINESS RESEARCH DIVISION
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Under the auspices of the joint Operationally Responsive Space ORS program, two supporting aggressive research programs are being conducted by the US Air Force Research Laboratory AFRL. ORS is actively focused on timely satisfaction of the urgent needs of the joint force commanders for improving the responsiveness of space capabilities to meet national security requirements. ORS communication, navigation, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR satellites are being designed to rapidly meet near-term space needs of in-theater tactical forces by supporting contingency operations, such as increased communication bandwidth and ISR imagery over the theater for a limited period to support air, ground, and naval force missions. This article discusses two of these programs the plug-and-play PnP satellite design for rapid construction through modular components, and the Training and Tactical ORS Operations TATOO Laboratory, which provides a computer-based simulation environment directed at improving warfighters space capability responsiveness.
- Space Warfare
- Unmanned Spacecraft