The Operationally Responsive Space Office
(ORS Office) is a joint initiative of several agencies within the United States Department of Defense
(DoD). The "stand up" of the office took place 2008-05-21
at Kirtland Air Force Base
. The first director of the ORS Office is Col. Kevin McLaughlin, who is also commander of the Space Development and Test Wing located at Kirtland. The ORS Office will focus on smaller satellites
, smaller launch vehicles
, and on making the capabilities they provide available to DoD users quickly.
Organizations that have been involved in ORS activities to date include the United States Army, the United States Navy, DARPA, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Missile Defense Agency and NASA.
On May 29
, 2008 SpaceDev
announced its Trailblazer spacecraft bus had been selected by the ORS Office as the primary payload to fly on its Jumpstart mission. The Jumpstart payload was carried by the third Falcon 1
flight, which launched from Kwajalein in August 2008 but failed to reach orbit.