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January 06, 2017 | Daily News

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

January 06, 2017 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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.

December 07, 2016 | Daily News

President-elect Donald Trump's administration wants more coordination among government space agencies, a senior space policy adviser to Trump said Wednesday, and the transition team may reinstitute the now-disbanded National Space Council.

December 01, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Defense Department recently released an update to its space policy directive, revising language to emphasize the need to "deter aggression in, promote stability and responsible use of space, integrate space capabilities, and improve space mission assurance."

December 01, 2016 | Daily News

As the United Launch Alliance on Wednesday unveiled a new tool to make it easier for commercial customers to evaluate potential launch costs, CEO Tory Bruno told reporters the tool has also helped the company articulate the value its track record of reliability could bring to the government launch market.

November 23, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force has begun to tear down the last grounded Defense Meteorological Satellite Program spacecraft after speculation about whether it would launch.

November 23, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

After contemplating a follow-on program to replace the first Operationally Responsive Space satellite, U.S. Strategic Command has determined it will continue to rely on "other assets" to perform the critical surveillance mission.

November 22, 2016 | Daily News

The decision by House and Senate leaders to delay action on a full-year fiscal year 2017 spending bill until the spring could restrain Pentagon plans to increase funding across a wide range of modernization programs, including the entire strategic weapon system recapitalization portfolio and marquee projects critical to each military service.

November 03, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force is taking a wait-and-see posture toward incorporating small satellites into its architecture, but some companies are looking to the classified realm as a proving ground for those capabilities.

November 02, 2016 | Daily News

The Navy has gotten the fifth Mobile User Objective System satellite to "an operational condition" after a propulsion system failure, according to an official.

October 25, 2016 | Daily News

The Defense Department expects to complete its unclassified internal space policy review within a few weeks, according to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy.