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Space Alert

November 20, 2020

The commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center said today the Space Force will request a significant plus-up in funding in its fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, reflecting the strategic importance of space investment as one of the Defense Department's top priorities.

November 19, 2020

The Air Force today announced six candidate bases to host U.S. Space Command Headquarters, including multiple locations not included in its initial attempt to choose a home base for the new combatant command.

November 19, 2020

Although key Defense Department strategy documents make a strong case for a more rapid, responsive launch capability, some launch officials and experts say the Pentagon needs more advocacy -- at all levels -- to move technology forward.

November 18, 2020

The Defense Department and the Commerce Department are drafting a memorandum of understanding to detail their plans to transition space traffic management to the Commerce Department over the next few years.

November 12, 2020

Senate appropriators have rejected the Pentagon's gambit to give the Space Development Agency funding control of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor project in a recommendation that appears set to end a bureaucratic turf skirmish and consolidate the Missile Defense Agency's role as the lead entity for the new orbiting technology project.

November 12, 2020

The Space Force this week awarded Lockheed Martin a $258 million contract to develop a competing satellite payload prototype for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program.

November 11, 2020

The Space Force is considering creating a National Security Space Launch research and development program focused on accelerating technologies that support future space access, mobility and logistics needs to support its next launch services procurement strategy.

November 9, 2020

New planning guidance from Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond highlights the need for the Space Force to invest in resiliency and next-generation capabilities and announces the service's intentions to create a Space Warfighting Analysis Center tasked with creating future force design alternatives.

November 6, 2020

The Space Development Agency has issued stop-work orders to L3Harris and SpaceX -- the companies developing its initial space tracking layer satellites -- after Raytheon and Airbus filed protests of the early October contract awards. 

October 29, 2020

The Air Force Research Laboratory's space vehicles directorate has compiled a list of 13 science and technology areas it plans to prioritize in the near term, the outcome of a two-year strategic planning process.

October 23, 2020

The Space and Missile Systems Center plans to leverage existing Air Force cloud services and integration efforts as it works to establish a cloud-based ecosystem to enable greater use of digital and model-based systems engineering -- a plan it expects will allow the Space Force to move more quickly toward greater adoption of digital engineering practices and increase commonality and collaboration between the two services.

October 22, 2020

The Space Force expects to begin standing up a new Space Systems Center next spring and will complete the initial plan for the new acquisition hub within the next month, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond said today.

October 21, 2020

As the Air Force Research Laboratory and U.S. Transportation Command work with industry to better understand how the Defense Department might leverage a future commercial space cargo transport capability, one of the primary imperatives has been to ensure DOD is the first customer in line when companies begin to offer it.

October 16, 2020

The Space Force's chief operating officer said today he expects the restrictions imposed by Congress' continuing resolution to slow the standup of new field commands and impede the growth of the service's civilian workforce.

October 6, 2020

The Central District Court of California has dismissed SpaceX's lawsuit against the Air Force, ordering the case to be vacated in a new judgment issued last week.

October 2, 2020

The Space Force expects to stand up its new acquisition command in 2021 -- a schedule target that should give the service time to determine a transition plan for Army and Navy space capabilities and to ensure it's taking the right approach to combining a number of organizations under a single command.

September 25, 2020

The Space Force announced today it has reached an agreement with SpaceX to launch two future GPS III missions with previously flown boosters -- the first National Security Space Launch missions to fly with a re-used first stage.

September 24, 2020

An experimental positioning navigation and timing capability being developed by L3Harris and the Air Force Research Laboratory could offer options to mitigate the impact of GPS signal interference --including the projected disruption from Ligado Network's controversial plan to field a fifth-generation wireless network in the L-band.

September 16, 2020

The White House has sent the Senate Armed Services Committee a list of provisions in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill it does not like, but chose to lead with one President Trump has said would make him veto the entire must-pass bill -- the re-naming of U.S. military bases that currently honor Confederate leaders.

September 16, 2020

As the Space Force prepares for the likelihood of a continuing resolution, the service chief Gen. John Raymond said this week he's concerned about programmatic impacts, operations and maintenance shortfalls and the transfer of space accounts from the Air Force to the Space Force.