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Space Alert

May 11, 2021

Maxar Technologies said earlier this month a workmanship issue will delay the company's WorldView Legion program.

May 10, 2021

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights roadblocks to developing alternate positioning, navigation and timing capabilities and recommends the Defense Department do a better job of coordinating authorities, increase its focus on resiliency and clarify PNT requirements.

May 6, 2021

The Space Force today released a vision document describing its plans to become a digital service and outlining four areas where it intends to focus its investment: digital engineering, headquarters, operations and workforce.

May 6, 2021

Army leaders in charge of modernizing the tactical network are leveraging commercial technologies, such as communications satellites and federated data fabrics and are working toward network convergence while developing the service's next capability set.

April 29, 2021

The projected launch timeline for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Navigation Technology Satellite-3 has been pushed from 2022 to 2023 due to a schedule change from the program's rideshare partner.

April 28, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate recently convened a cislunar stakeholders meeting, aimed at bringing government space agencies together to coordinate activities centered on cislunar space capabilities.

April 28, 2021

Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond has approved the design plan for a new Space Warfighting Analysis Center, which will lead force design efforts within the new Space Force.

April 21, 2021

The Space Force wants to expand its use of commercial services beyond satellite communications to other mission areas, including remote sensing and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

April 15, 2021

The head of the Space Development Agency said this week he expects the Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 budget request will support the funding needs forecasted in FY-21 without any "significant reshuffling."

April 14, 2021

The director of the Space Development Agency said today the organization is considering alternatives to the Space Force's National Security Space Launch contracting mechanism for its Tranche 1 satellites, saying it's not clear whether NSSL-class rockets will meet its future needs.

April 9, 2021

Space Force officials said this week the service is making progress on two efforts of significant congressional interest -- designing an acquisition system that delivers capabilities faster and determining which space capabilities will transfer to the new service from the Army and Navy.

April 8, 2021

The Space Force plans to redesignate the Space and Missile Systems Center as Space Systems Command and will officially standup SSC this summer, officials said today.

March 18, 2021

As the Space Development Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency demonstrate key proliferated low Earth orbit capabilities over the next few years, the Space and Missile Systems Center is working alongside those teams -- both as a partner in technology development and as a connector, seeking opportunities to leverage and operationalize that work within the Space Force.

March 5, 2021

The Space Development Agency's warfighting council will meet at the end of this month to discuss the key capabilities for the next tranche of the agency's proliferated space architecture.

March 3, 2021

Lockheed Martin is redesigning its LM 2100 spacecraft bus to enable on-orbit docking and plans to showcase the capability on a future Air Force GPS IIIF mission.

February 12, 2021

The director of the Space Development Agency this week highlighted the organization’s success in achieving a $14.1 million average per-satellite cost for its first tranche of transport space vehicles and said he’s aiming to lower the cost even further as the proliferated architecture grows. 

February 3, 2021

As the Air Force Research Laboratory supports Space Force efforts to establish a robust testing enterprise, its top priorities are focused on developing a synthetic test environment, improving hardware-in-the-loop capabilities and ensuring sufficient on-orbit instrumentation exists to test systems in the space environment.

January 28, 2021

The Space Force expects to release a request for proposals for the Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability this summer, a new acquisition program aimed at providing persistent coverage of objects in geosynchronous orbit.

January 27, 2021

After playing a key role in advising the Air Force secretary on space policy and management, the office of the assistant Air Force secretary for space acquisition and integration is reorganizing -- establishing three new directorates and a slew of subject matter experts in major capability areas.

January 22, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency has selected Northrop Grumman to join L3Harris Technologies for the next phase of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Senor project, a move that bumps Raytheon and Leidos from a contest to develop a next-generation, orbiting, infrared system to track ultrafast and maneuvering threats from launch to impact.