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April 08, 2015 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's advanced research arm intends to hold a proposers' day June 1 for a program designed to help provide GPS-quality navigation in a world where traditional means of accessing positioning, navigation and timing could be thwarted by adversaries.

April 03, 2015 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office has assessed the Air Force's technology insertion efforts for the Space-Based Infrared System as essentially too little, too late, and is recommending the service be proactive in developing a technology insertion plan for a future follow-on system.

April 02, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

Rep. Jim Garamendi (D-CA) is leading a bipartisan effort to fund the establishment of a ground-based positioning and navigation system to "complement and back up" the Air Force's Global Positioning System.

March 26, 2015 | Daily News

The first phase of a wide-ranging analysis of the Air Force's process for certifying new entrants to the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle market found that the current process lacks clarity in the purpose of the review and may be too broad in its scope than is necessary for the initial certification of a new launch vehicle.

March 25, 2015 | Daily News

Following last year's record-setting launch slate of four Global Positioning System missions, the Air Force on March 25 successfully launched the ninth GPS IIF satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

March 24, 2015 | Daily News

Air Force cost forecasting for major defense acquisition programs has stabilized as the current suite of satellite, aircraft and weapons procurements mature, with price estimates down by $229 million in fiscal year 2014 compared to a $13 billion downward revision in FY-13 and a $7 billion revision the year before.

March 19, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

A recent internal evaluation of the Air Force's Global Positioning System constellation shows a relatively healthy network of satellites, but finds that future health could be threatened by delays to development of the next-generation system and its corresponding ground architecture.

March 18, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to release a draft request for proposals next month to assess industry interest in a new rocket engine development program; in the meantime, House lawmakers said this week that relaxing restrictions on RD-180 use after 2019 may be an option for dealing with a potential capability gap.

March 16, 2015 | Daily News

The stratosphere appears to be the next frontier for the satellite industry as the military, government and commercial sectors look to reduce their dependence on expensive space-based assets for communications, surveillance and positioning, navigation and timing.

March 16, 2015 | Daily News

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) said this week that he supports the Air Force's request for relaxation of a congressional push to eliminate the use of the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine by 2019.

March 12, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force works to shape its acquisition strategy for procuring future next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, the executive director of the service's space acquisition agency said this week that competition is a guarantee.

March 12, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

As part of an ongoing analysis of alternatives for the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System program, the service is considering implementing new technologies in an iterative fashion to include a new satellite bus design that could be introduced with the fifth and sixth satellites.

March 12, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force expects to hand over operations of its Wideband Global Satellite Communications system in 2016 to a commercial operator, according to one of its top space acquisition officials.

February 26, 2015 | Daily News

A move last summer by the Air Force and Raytheon to recalibrate the scope of the development effort for the Global Positioning System III Operational Control Segment will bring the estimated total cost for the next-generation satellite control system to $3.9 billion, a nearly 15 percent increase compared to last year.

February 25, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force is pushing for an extension on the congressionally imposed 2019 deadline for eliminating reliance on a Russian-made rocket engine, saying that technical analysis shows the service may need until at least 2021 to develop a domestic alternative and possibly another two years beyond that to integrate that engine onto a launch vehicle.

February 13, 2015 | Daily News

ORLANDO, FL -- SpaceX could be certified to conduct national security space launches by the end of February, and a wide-ranging review of the new entrant certification process is expected to take another 90 days, according to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.

February 13, 2015 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center said this week it intends to seek a contingency capability should continued delays to the next-generation Global Positioning System ground control segment push its delivery so far to the right that is not available in time to operate the first GPS III satellite.

February 12, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

Space industry leaders are closely watching the Air Force's consideration of future space architectures and acquisition policies, and according to one executive, are optimistic the Pentagon will adopt innovative architecture concepts that will allow it to better leverage commercial capabilities.

February 11, 2015 | Inside the Pentagon

Expressing concern about the fiscal environment, U.S. Strategic Command chief Adm. Cecil Haney called for lawmakers to adopt the president's budget, noting that any backward movement could negatively impact the Pentagon's ability to complete its missions.

February 06, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force expects to release a request for proposals for a new rocket engine to replace the Russian-made RD-180 by the end of 2015, according to the service's director of space acquisition programs.