By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)November 25, 2013
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Part of the Operationally Responsive Space Enabler Satellite, or ORSES, team track their satellite on Nov. 20 that was launched the day before from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The team members shown are from front to back: Ryan Wolff, general engineer; Yashar Marashi, electrical engineer with Vulcan Wireless; Chris Allison, radio frequency technician with Vulcan Wireless; Tammy Cottam, general engineer; and Mark Ray, general engineer. Wolff and Ray work for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Technical Center's Space Division, and Cottam works for SMDC's Concepts Analysis Laboratory. ORSES is a 3U CubeSat designed to provide communications and data capabilities for underserved tactical users. It is physically based on the SMDC-ONE satellite that flew in December 2010 and on the OUTSat mission with an upgrade communication radio and encryption. The ORS office independently developed the Vulcan Wireless Software Defined Radio, or SDR, and the Raytheon Gryphon Type-I NSA certified encryption for first flight demonstration on this mission. The SDR and Type-I encryption will provide significant performance and security upgrades to any future CubeSat mission.