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Space Alert

February 17, 2017 |

The Air Force said this week it will scrap parts of its strategy to replace the legacy Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite system, attributing the change of plans to its newly adopted, largely classified Space Enterprise Vision.

February 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Defense Department space policy officials told Congress in a recent report that Federal Communications Commission acceptance of Europe's Galileo positioning, navigation and timing system would help address rising concerns about resiliency in the U.S. GPS constellation.

February 09, 2017 |

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Thursday said it has selected Palo Alto, CA-based Space Systems Loral as its commercial partner for the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites program.

February 03, 2017 |

The Air Force's top uniformed officer praised House lawmakers on Friday for their focus on improving the Defense Department's space acquisition system and advocated for an "honest discussion" about where buying authority should reside.

January 19, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force expects that its newest Space Based Infrared System satellite, which was slated to launch Jan. 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, will provide faster and more accurate missile warning data and help the Defense Department detect dimmer events and shorter missile burns.

January 19, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Piecing together an airspace picture in anti-access, area denial environments that push surveillance aircraft farther away from the battlespace will require a family-of-systems approach rather than one platform that can do it all, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board chair said this week.

January 19, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein said this week he is looking forward to a "healthy dialogue" with Congress about improving the way the Defense Department approaches space organization and investment.

January 19, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Research Laboratory intends to launch a new, experimental satellite navigation payload in 2022 to demonstrate navigation technology and shape future GPS architecture.

January 16, 2017 |

A new budget blueprint drawn up by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) would fund a massive military buildup by seeking an additional $430 billion in defense spending above what the Obama administration had planned for the next five years, Inside Defense has learned.

January 06, 2017 |

The Air Force has received approval to move forward with an analysis of alternatives for future wideband satellite communications capabilities.

January 06, 2017 |

The Air Force and Raytheon are not yet "out of the woods" on the troubled development of the next-generation GPS operational control system, outgoing service Secretary Deborah Lee James said Friday, but the program has made significant progress -- due, in part, to the contributions of a team of private-sector software and cyber experts.

January 05, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is re-evaluating its plans for the third increment of its Joint Space Operations Center Mission System upgrade and may instead opt to incorporate emerging space battle management command-and-control requirements into a new, enterprise-level program, a program official recently told Inside the Air Force.

January 05, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Lockheed Martin confirmed this week it has completed qualification testing of capacitors on the first GPS III satellite and expects the space vehicle will be available for launch "shortly."

December 15, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force and the Missile Defense Agency consider their contributions in developing a space-based sensor layer to help identify, track and destroy missiles in flight, officials say payloads hosted on government or commercial platforms may play in important role in making those systems more resilient.

December 15, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force officials made it clear this week that the service plans to hold on to its military weather mission, despite language in the fiscal year 2017 defense policy bill that would transfer some requirements to the National Reconnaissance Office.

December 15, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force and Lockheed Martin will begin shipping hardware this month for the service's new space-object tracking radar, Space Fence, after a delay caused by sensor-site construction issues that could push initial operational capability back three months.

December 13, 2016 |

As the Air Force eyes a materiel development decision this week to kick-start its wideband satellite communications analysis of alternatives, the Air Force's deputy under secretary for space said Tuesday the service does not have a completion time line in mind, but is instead focused on starting well.

December 08, 2016 |

The chief executive of United Launch Alliance is planning another round of job cuts as well as launch pad closures, among other changes, as he revamps the company for more competitive times.

December 08, 2016 |

A Defense Department inspector general report released Thursday reveals the office found no evidence to support assertions made by a former United Launch Alliance executive about national security space launch competition and the legality of awards the Air Force made to the government launch provider.

December 07, 2016 |

The Air Force on Dec. 7 successfully launched its eighth Wideband Global Satellite Communications space vehicle, which brings double the bandwidth capacity of previous satellites in the constellation at a time of increasing warfighter demand.