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May 08, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

House lawmakers moved this week to reject funding for a follow-on weather satellite program and instead fund the launch of the Air Force's last remaining legacy weather satellite, which has been in storage since it was built more than 20 years ago.

May 08, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

Smaller budgets and increasing threats have created an environment at the Space and Missile Systems Center where risk is more acceptable and the need for new technology is urgent, according to the center's executive director.

May 07, 2014 | Daily News

A proposed House Armed Services Committee bill would shift $6.8 billion among weapon system investment accounts in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 budget request and boost modernization spending by a total of $1.5 billion.

May 05, 2014 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee outlined its budgetary handiwork this week in the panel's full mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill, laying out acquisition program reductions and increases.

May 01, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The U.S. Federal Claims Court has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the United Launch Alliance and the Air Force from making any new purchases from NPO Energomash, the Russian company that supplies ULA's Atlas V rocket engine.

May 01, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

House lawmakers are pushing the Air Force to begin developing a new liquid propulsion rocket engine in fiscal year 2015 to replace the Russian-made RD-180 engine that's used to power one of the service's primary launch vehicles, the Atlas V.

April 29, 2014 | Daily News

ATK and Orbital Sciences, two major players in the defense industry's relatively limited space systems sector, announced April 29 that they will merge into a single company.

April 29, 2014 | Daily News

Launch provider SpaceX has filed suit against the Air Force in U.S. Federal Claims Court, contending that a sole-source, block-buy contract signed last year with the United Launch Alliance is unlawful.

April 25, 2014 | Daily News

SpaceX president and CEO Elon Musk announced on April 25 that the company plans to protest the Air Force's five-year, block-buy of 36 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle rocket boosters from the United Launch Alliance -- a deal that was signed last December.

April 24, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

A future Space Based Infrared System may be disaggregated and commercially hosted and could be operational as soon as 2025, according to a solicitation to industry issued this week.

April 24, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

As they wait for the Air Force to award a long-anticipated contract for its next-generation Space Fence, competitors Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are wrapping up a series of risk-reduction activities designed to explore the full slate of capabilities the new system could bring to the service.

April 18, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Navy is beginning to plan an analysis of alternatives for a follow-on to its next-generation satellite communication system, Inside the Navy has learned.

April 18, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is seeking launch service providers for its fifth Operationally Responsive Space mission -- the centerpiece of which will be a small satellite designed to supplement the service's space-based observation capability.

April 18, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force this week named Maj. Gen. Samuel Greaves the new director of the Space and Missile Systems Center, replacing Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, who has been nominated to serve as the Air Force's military deputy for acquisition.

April 17, 2014 | Daily News

The size of the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio held steady over the last year at $1.6 trillion, with seven programs added and six programs removed because they are near the end of the procurement cycle.

April 10, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

A joint team of Air Force, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Lockheed Martin engineers are working to address an anomaly that occurred after last week's launch of an Air Force meteorological satellite involving the faulty deployment of the spacecraft's solar array.

April 10, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force doesn't plan to launch a new satellite as part of its follow-on to the Space-Based Space Surveillance program until 2021, but officials say that a recently announced experimental mission could serve as a gapfiller for the much-needed capability.

April 10, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

By May, the Defense Department should no longer be reliant on a Chinese company for satellite communication coverage over Africa, a space policy official told Congress this week.

April 03, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The long-term vision for Space Fence, the Air Force's next-generation space situational awareness system, is to establish two radar sites. However, the same funding constraints that have impeded progress on the first site could delay plans for future development.

April 03, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force and the United Launch Alliance successfully launched a more than 20-year-old satellite this week -- the 19th space vehicle in the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program constellation.

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