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May 23, 2016 | Daily News

Senate authorizers want the Air Force to explore the feasibility of using foreign allied launch vehicles to lift some national security space payloads should the service be unable to use the United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket.

May 13, 2016 | Daily News

Senate authorizers are calling on the Air Force to conduct a Nunn-McCurdy review of the troubled next-generation Global Positioning System ground station, regardless of whether the program declares a cost breach.

May 05, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Senate Armed Services Committee will mark up its version of the fiscal year 2017 defense policy bill next week, and may include language that could have a considerable impact on key Air Force plans, including its strategy to replace the Russian-made RD-180 engine and its approach to contracting for the B-21 Long-Range Strike Bomber.

May 05, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

An amendment included in the House Armed Services Committee's defense policy bill would push the Defense Department to move forward with an analysis of its Global Positioning System infrastructure, a step that one House lawmaker says is crucial to determining whether the department can take advantage of a potential backup positioning, navigation and timing system.

May 05, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center this week published an industry notice advertising its open-systems approach to setting standards for a new enterprise ground services effort that would consolidate satellite ground control segments into a new, common architecture.

May 04, 2016 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry's input on the controlled re-entry of objects from low Earth orbit.

May 04, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering options for a six- or eight-satellite constellation for the future Space-Based Infrared System program of record and anticipates the follow-on system could feature a mix of hosted payloads with disaggregated missions.

April 28, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force's $82.7 million launch services award to SpaceX this week cost 40 percent less than estimated, according to one of the service's top space acquisition officials.

April 27, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million contract to launch a next-generation Global Positioning System satellite, becoming the first launch provider to break the United Launch Alliance's 10-year monopoly lifting national security space missions.

April 25, 2016 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee's mark of the fiscal year 2017 defense policy bill takes a strong stance against the Air Force's plan to use FY-17 funds to broaden the scope of its RD-180 engine replacement effort.

April 20, 2016 | Daily News

Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall received support from two key Senate appropriators Wednesday as he defended the controversial strategy to wean the Pentagon off Russian-made rocket engines, setting the stage for another possible showdown with Senate authorizers over the issue.

April 20, 2016 | Daily News

House lawmakers want to shift some space-based weather monitoring responsibilities from the Defense Department to the National Reconnaissance Office, due largely to the department's apparent inaction in addressing near-term gaps in critical weather capabilities.

April 18, 2016 | Daily News

The first measure of success for Air Force Space Command's new enterprise vision will be seen in the service's plans for future satellite communications and space-based missile warning satellites, Gen. John Hyten told reporters recently.

April 14, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- As the United Launch Alliance eyes a late 2016 down-select decision on the engine for its next-generation Vulcan launch vehicle, the company's CEO said this week the performance of Blue Origin's BE-4 during a key risk-reduction test this fall will be a major driver for that decision.

April 14, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Raytheon's program manager for the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System ground segment -- which has been called the Defense Department's most troubled program -- said this week the challenges the company faced developing an unprecedented cybersecurity infrastructure are largely a thing of the past.

April 13, 2016 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's advanced research arm plans to hold a proposers' day later this month for the second and third phases of a program to build and test a reusable booster system to cut the cost of space launches.

April 13, 2016 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Pentagon needs to develop a policy surrounding the use of space capabilities owned by industry and foreign governments to "apply lethal force," according to the Defense Department's top space policy official.

April 13, 2016 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has begun putting on orbit new sensors attached to a commercial satellite constellation and plans by next year to have in place nearly two-dozen small payloads to collectively form the Spacebased Kill Assessment project, an effort that aims to assess the feasibility of disaggragating key missile defense capabilities resident in large satellites.

April 13, 2016 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The United Launch Alliance said this week it will know "in the next few days" which component caused an anomaly in its Atlas V launch vehicle.

April 12, 2016 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) has unveiled a sweeping space policy bill that calls for greater integration of commercial capabilities in military satellite programs and for increased resiliency on future constellations.

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