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January 28, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

Lockheed Martin recently completed what program officials have characterized as the most risky test the first next-generation Global Positioning System satellite will move through, and is moving into another slate of spring and summer tests with some schedule margin as it looks to deliver the satellite to the Air Force by August.

January 28, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is examining the legal implications of terminating a controversial launch capability contract it holds with the United Launch Alliance after the company opted not to bid for a competitive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle mission last November.

January 27, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force is examining the legal implications of terminating a controversial launch service contract it currently holds with the United Launch Alliance after the company opted not to bid for a competitive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle mission last November.

January 21, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration are having discussions about their respective roles in managing an increasingly congested space arena, according to the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for operations.

January 21, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force last month reported to Congress that while some commercial spaceports may be capable of supplementing National Security Space Launch missions, government-owned facilities are best-equipped to meet military launch needs.

January 20, 2016 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is concerned about the domestic solid rocket motor industrial base as budgets continue to be strained, the workforce ages and competitive opportunities are limited, according to a recent report sent to lawmakers by Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall.

January 14, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force will delay the launch of a wide-field-of-view testbed by two years due to "technical challenges," according to the commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center.

January 14, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force this week entered into public-private partnership agreements with SpaceX and Orbital ATK as part of its effort to support a replacement of the Russian-made RD-180 effort.

January 12, 2016 | Daily News

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) is leading an effort to craft a comprehensive space policy bill, and told reporters Tuesday he hopes the bill will bring a global space perspective to the legislative process.

January 07, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

Aerojet Rocketdyne executives remain confident the company's AR1 rocket engine -- its proposed RD-180 replacement -- can be ready to fly in 2019, despite a continued push from within the Pentagon for Congress to ease up on the restrictions it has placed on the use of the Russian-made engine.

January 07, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force's acting acquisition executive said this week that the service's execution of the Defense Meteorological Satellite program is "an unfortunate example" of its ability to manage space programs, after taking heat from House lawmakers for alleged mismanagement of the program.

December 24, 2015 | Daily News

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James will brief the Defense Space Council in early 2016 on the status of efforts to develop a Defense Department-wide satellite ground architecture.

December 17, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force this week kicked off an analysis of alternatives within its wideband satellite communications architecture, briefing industry on its plans for the study.

December 17, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The results of a weeklong, space-centric wargame at Schriever Air Force Base, CO, this week could help shape the Defense Department's Third Offset Strategy, according to Air Force Space Command officials.

December 17, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force expects to award a contract next summer for its second commercial satellite communications experimental pathfinder, which will focus on affordable bandwidth.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

In an impassioned speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) condemned appropriators for including language in their draft fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill that would lift restrictions on the Defense Department's use of the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine -- restrictions that McCain and the Senate Armed Services Committee strongly supported.

December 10, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force expects to complete an analysis of alternatives on protected satellite communications within the next two months after the head of Air Force Space Command directed a deeper review of the analysis within the Pentagon.

December 10, 2015 | Daily News

The chief architect of the Defense Department's effort to craft a "Third Offset Strategy" has branded a relatively new entity formed this fall in Colorado to prepare for conflict in space -- the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center -- as the first operational and organizational instantiation of the new strategy to strengthen U.S. conventional deterrence against Russia and China.

December 09, 2015 | Daily News

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is calling on the Defense Department to evaluate whether the United Launch Alliance's assertions that it cannot compete for an upcoming Global Positioning System launch have merit.

December 09, 2015 | Daily News

The next-generation Global Positioning System development program will be delayed by two years, the Air Force said Tuesday, due to continued challenges establishing the program's foundational software.

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