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May 21, 2015 | Daily News

Tory Bruno, the chief executive of United Launch Alliance, said Thursday his company plans to continue flying the Atlas V rocket for about a decade and does not want to share the intellectual property of that system with competitors.

May 19, 2015 | Daily News

Sticking to the GOP budget resolution, the House Appropriations defense subcommittee will vote Wednesday on a fiscal year 2016 spending bill that provides $578.6 billion in national security funding, including an $88.4 billion overseas contingency operations account for the Defense Department.

May 15, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force's top acquisition official is doubtful the government owns the intellectual property for the launch vehicle that has carried many of its satellites to space since 2006 -- the United Launch Alliance's Atlas V.

May 14, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is moving ahead with a plan to develop a common ground system for its weather and overhead persistent infrared mission areas, according to a service spokeswoman.

May 13, 2015 | Daily News

After three years of informal discussion and input, countries involved in developing an international code of conduct for space will meet in July for the first official negotiations, with the goal of producing a completed document by the end of the deliberations. 

May 12, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

Delays to the delivery of the first next-generation Global Positioning System satellite have, to date, cost prime contractor Lockheed Martin close to $160 million -- almost 25 percent of its potential fees and incentives.

May 07, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

Delays to the delivery of the first next-generation Global Positioning System satellite have, to date, cost prime contractor Lockheed Martin close to $160 million -- almost 25 percent of its potential fees and incentives.

May 07, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James signed off last month on a two-phased Weather System Follow-on acquisition plan to bridge capability gaps and develop a replacement for the legacy Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.

April 30, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force would shift satellites onto the SpaceX Falcon 9 and United Launch Alliance Delta IV rockets if Russia decides to halt delivery of the remaining order of RD-180 rocket engines for the Atlas V launch vehicle, even though that backup plan for maintaining assured access to space would be very expensive.

April 28, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force's plan for developing and buying a new, American-made rocket engine will be heavily influenced by the technology and partnering decisions industry makes in the next two months, according to Air Force Space Command chief Gen. John Hyten.

April 23, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's military deputy for acquisition said this week that the service's understanding of what it takes to operate and protect its assets in a changing space environment has evolved -- even in the past year -- to one that focuses less on disaggregation as the primary means for adaptation and more on a diversified, protected architecture.

April 23, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

A proposed House Armed Services Committee mark-up of the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill would require the Air Force to provide a detailed plan for meeting looming gaps in weather capability and would remove funding restrictions that have stalled a critical commercial satellite communications pilot program.

April 16, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- A recently delivered upgrade to the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System will assure that all users receive the critical data and imagery being collected by the satellite's staring sensor by the end of this year, according to prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

April 16, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The head of Air Force Space Command said this week that the challenges the service has faced building a secure cyber infrastructure for the next-generation global positioning ground system have generated key lessons for building the secure, common ground systems of the future.

April 16, 2015 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force recently announced a slight change of course in its plans to compete future Global Positioning System production that allows incumbent providers Lockheed Martin and Exelis to participate in early production readiness work. Lockheed's vice president of military space programs said this week that he is pleased with this development and what it means for future competition.

April 15, 2015 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force is in the midst of sweeping changes to the way it thinks about launch competition and constellation architecture, and the head of Air Force Space Command said April 14 that the service has a lot of work to do in order to enable those changes -- particularly in the areas of launch range infrastructure and ground system architecture.

April 15, 2015 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- As the Air Force works to refine its plan to develop and acquire next-generation rocket engine technology, some in industry are skeptical of the notion of a government-funded engine program.

April 14, 2015 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force is in the midst of sweeping changes to the way it thinks about launch competition and constellation architecture, and the head of Air Force Space Command said April 14 that the service has a lot of work to do in order to enable those changes -- particularly in the areas of launch range infrastructure and ground system architecture.

April 13, 2015 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The United Launch Alliance revealed its Next-Generation Launch System, the Vulcan, on April 13, and President and CEO Tory Bruno told reporters certifying the first variant of the new rocket by 2020 is an aggressive time line but not outside the realm of possibility.

April 10, 2015 | Daily News

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2016 budget request includes a $5 billion increase in space security spending -- a plus-up that officials say is linked to a growing, and more clearly articulated, concern about the threats of competition, congestion and aggression in the space domain.

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