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July 01, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is seeking ground support for its $1.3 billion polar satellite communications program as it works with prime contractor Northrop Grumman to prepare the first satellite for launch.

July 01, 2015 | Daily News

A consortium of satellite communications providers is concerned that the House Appropriations Committee's proposed $140 million cut to the Air Force's Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite program could mean significant delays to an effort to demonstrate protected communications capabilities.

June 26, 2015 | Daily News

A panel of Air Force and Defense Department officials told House authorizers this week that proposed legislation from the Senate Armed Services Committee limiting the department's use of the Russian-made RD-180 engine would eliminate "multiple" opportunities for competitive launch over the next few years, and would eliminate the United Launch Alliance from competition beginning in fiscal year 2018.

June 25, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force has determined that it is not feasible to launch a Space-Based Infrared System satellite earlier than planned due to the time constraints related to the competitive source-selection process.

June 25, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force said this week that the data rights it owns for the Atlas V launch vehicle are limited and "insufficient for competition."

June 23, 2015 | Inside Missile Defense

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will release strategic guidance toward the end of July that will direct the Pentagon to free up budgetary resources within individual portfolios so that additional investments can be made in space, cyber and nuclear programs, according to the Defense Department's No. 2 official.

June 23, 2015 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will release strategic guidance toward the end of July that will direct the Pentagon to free up budgetary resources within individual portfolios so that additional investments can be made in space, cyber and nuclear programs, according to the Defense Department's No. 2 official.

June 18, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force owns some of the data rights to the United Launch Alliance's Atlas V launch vehicle, but lacks rights to design and production information.

June 11, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force expects that a slate of upgrades it is making to its Space-Based Infrared System could cut the cost of future satellite buys by about 30 percent and smooth the path to a follow-on constellation.

June 10, 2015 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry's help to develop affordable lightweight and low-power inter-satellite communication links that can be used on satellites that are between 10 kg and 100 kg.

June 10, 2015 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee is reporting a fiscal year 2016 bill to the full committee that adds nearly $3 billion to the Defense Department's $107 billion procurement request, as well as an additional $540 million to DOD's $70 billion research and development request, according to unreleased funding tables obtained by InsideDefense.com.

Procurement

June 09, 2015 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a fiscal year 2016 spending bill Tuesday that would provide $490 billion in base budget funding for the Pentagon, accompanied by an $87 billion overseas contingency operations account, but top-ranking lawmakers are resigned to the long, partisan budget clash that lies ahead.

June 04, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The legacy weather satellite launch that Congress wants the Air Force to scrap would provide an additional opportunity for competition in 2016, the service confirmed to Inside the Air Force this week.

June 02, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force has released a formal request for proposals to develop a new rocket-propulsion system -- and while the service intends to ultimately develop at least two alternatives to replace the Atlas V launch vehicle, it has made room for flexibility in its acquisition strategy should Congress direct it to take an engine-centric approach.

June 01, 2015 | Daily News

House appropriators want to scrap Air Force plans to launch the 20th -- and last remaining -- spacecraft in the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, and are questioning the legitimacy of the service's requirement for the legacy weather satellite.

May 28, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force works to develop a strategy to eliminate its need for the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine, lawmakers are pushing for a near-term solution, the most expedient of which would be a direct engine replacement.

May 28, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

Now that the Air Force has finally decided to launch the last of its legacy weather satellites, Senate lawmakers want to block, or at least slow down, the move and are challenging the service to look for more affordable solutions for meeting a potential gap in weather capabilities.

May 26, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force has certified SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle to fly national security space launch missions, setting the stage for the first competitive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class missions in about 10 years.

May 21, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

As Lockheed Martin eyes a 2016 delivery of a significant upgrade to the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System ground infrastructure, the company is making sure that the evolved ground system has an open, flexible architecture that is compatible with the service's plans to pursue a common ground architecture.

May 21, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Space Fence program -- a $1.5 billion, ground-radar acquisition that promises to provide the greatest improvement in space surveillance in half a century -- recently cleared a key acquisition milestone when prime contractor Lockheed Martin's design was deemed stable and on track to meet system performance requirements, according to the Air Force.

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