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Sensor & Payload Design

Expert sensor and payload design on a flexible and reconfigurable platform. OSS engages directly with customers throughout the mission to ensure maximized payload performance on orbit.

Orion Space Solutions™ is committed to the on-going effort to provide our customers ever-improving state-of-the-art programmable instrumentation for monitoring space weather from anywhere in the world to space. Even if your space weather application requires deployment of GNSS receivers in remote regions or oceanic environments, OSS is pioneering autonomous instruments with unparalleled performance and versatility.

Our GPS program for monitoring space weather and characterizing ionospheric scintillation represents an SBIR “success story”. After years of development from Phase I, through Phase II, and then on to Phase III commercialization, the CASES GPS Space Weather Monitor and resulting product line demonstrate Orion’s capabilities to take a research concept and develop it to an operational product.

More and more, arrays of dual-frequency GNSS receivers are being used to monitor the ionosphere. Ionospheric total electron content (TEC) is derived using dual-frequency phase measurements. The variations of GNSS signal amplitude and phase are used to measure the magnitude of ionospheric irregularities.

Orion Space Solutions has extensive experience designing and integrating high performing payloads with small satellites. We provides integrated, comprehensive solutions for EO, RF, HF, field, particle, and other remote and in-situ observational missions. We understands that the resultant “sensorsats” require great attention to compatibility and joint operational needs. Our spacecraft platforms enable maximum flexibility in payload access and reconfigurability throughout the integration and test flow. We engages directly with customers throughout the mission to ensure that payload performance is fully understood that it will be maximized on orbit.


Ocean Surface Vector Winds

  • OSVW data is critical for weather models, forecasts, ship maneuvers, and flight operations for all services, as well as commercial maritime shipping and drilling operations.

  • CubeSat Ocean Observing (CO2) Sensor: A smallsat form-factor payload using the reflection of Global Positioning System (GPS) signals off the ocean to measure sea state and Ocean Surface Vector Winds (OSVW) for weather forecasting.​


NOAA Buoy Deployment

  • GPS receiver successfully integrated on robotic vehicles

  • Real-time TEC and scintillation estimation software proven in maritime environment

  • Orion's Stand-alone Support System Module (SSSM) provides power and environmental control for the buoy based system

  • Operational in the Pacific Ocean since 2018
  • Maritime validation against ground truth observations


Orion's GNSS Space Weather Monitor

A smaller size, weight, and power GNSS receiver designed to provide autonomous operation from remote platforms.

SmallSat Power Distribution Unit

Power Control Sub-system enabling high powered payloads to function on SmallSat-sized spacecraft and other remotely deployed systems.

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