Poway-based aerospace company SpaceDev Inc. (OTCBB: SPDV) has been selected to provide the first commercial satellite to be readied for the Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space Office's (ORS) new Jumpstart Mission.
Jumpstart is a multi-pronged effort that will fly a responsive payload on the SpaceX Falcon 1 Flight 003 mission, currently scheduled for a June 2008 launch from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
The Jumpstart mission will achieve multiple objectives for the newly formed ORS office. First, it will demonstrate agility and flexibility in the rapid integration of payloads. The Jumpstart mission will also demonstrate several ORS enablers and establish a framework for responsive processes. These enablers include a demonstration of the following: rapid call up of a mission to launch; rapid development, integration and checkout of spacecraft; a concept of operations that allows flexibility late in the payload processing flow to determine which mission will fly; efficiencies in processes and procedures to reduce payload integration timelines; and identification and assurance of payload technical readiness.