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Space Alert

April 05, 2017 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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

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 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 16, 2017 | Daily News

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.