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Space Alert

April 26, 2017 |

Satellites the U.S. military relies on to wage war -- with the exception of those that operate on extremely high frequencies -- are at risk of being rendered inoperable by jamming and cyber attack, a "reality that should be considered a crisis to be dealt with immediately," an influential Pentagon advisory panel warns in a new report.

April 21, 2017 |

As industry works to develop a stopgap capability to control the initial next-generation GPS satellites while the constellation's new ground segment continues to move through development, the Air Force is conducting a study to ensure a smooth transition from the temporary to the new system.

April 21, 2017 |

The commander of the Air Force's operational space forces is concerned that a broad Air Force effort to establish more integrated, cross-domain battle management command-and-control capabilities could slow down within the space community to quickly develop an enterprise space BMC2 network.

April 21, 2017 |

After a successful intervention on the troubled next-generation GPS operational control segment, the director of the Air Force Digital Service said this week the group is looking to partner with the Space and Missile Systems Center as it develops an acquisition model for its new approach to managing space systems on the ground.

April 07, 2017 |

Air Force Space Command Chief Gen. Jay Raymond said this week he plans to move swiftly to fill a new three-star "space advocate" role on the Air Staff.

April 06, 2017 |

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Lockheed Martin and the Air Force completed shipment of the new Space Fence radar to Kwajalein Atoll in March and plan to begin installation at the radar site this month.

April 06, 2017 |

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The recent name changes of two high-profile organizations working to align the space interests of the Defense Department and intelligence community are not merely cosmetic, but indicate their evolution from experimentation and tactics development hubs to centers supporting national-level space operations, according to a military official.

April 06, 2017 |

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Air Force Space Command plans to partner with the service's Rapid Capabilities Office to more quickly field an Enterprise Space Battle Management Command and Control system.

April 05, 2017 |

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Despite concerns that the Air Force's competitive launch strategy has emphasized price over reliability, longtime national security space launch provider United Launch Alliance is optimistic that approach will change as the service matures its source-selection process in a newly competitive environment.

April 04, 2017 |

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force has announced a number of changes to the way it organizes and manages the space enterprise, but a top House lawmaker is not convinced the measures go far enough to address fragmentation and a lack of space leadership within the Defense Department.

March 30, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The re-emergence of a National Space Council could provide needed national leadership in the space community, but some Washington space policy experts say it could also prove to be a hindrance if not implemented correctly.

March 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force this week took another step toward replacing the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine with a domestic alternative, releasing a draft request for proposals meant to support launch system prototyping efforts.

March 15, 2017 |

The Air Force's decision this week to award SpaceX its second national security space launch services mission -- a win over longtime provider United Launch Alliance -- came down to cost, a service official confirmed Wednesday.

March 09, 2017 |

The Air Force expects to complete its assessment of last September's SpaceX launch failure in April, but the service said this week that based on preliminary findings, it concurs with the company's conclusion that the explosion was caused by a problem with the launcher's oxygen tank.

March 07, 2017 |

The Air Force will continue with plans to launch a bridge capability for a Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite reaching the end of its service life, despite the service's recent decision to re-think its acquisition strategy for a follow-on constellation.

February 24, 2017 |

Canadian communications and information company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates -- or MDA -- said today it has agreed to acquire Earth imagery company DigitalGlobe in a $3.6 billion deal.

February 23, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Government Accountability Office recently highlighted Defense Department weather data gaps as a "high-risk area" in need of significant attention.

February 23, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force this week issued a draft solicitation for the second of a five expected commercial satellite communication pathfinder efforts meant to explore new ways to acquire satellite bandwidth.

February 22, 2017 | Inside the Pentagon

The Commerce Department is preparing to send out a new survey this spring examining the U.S. rocket propulsion industry, according to a source with knowledge of the effort.

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.

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