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March 27, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force prepares to send the 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program space vehicle into orbit next week, service officials are working to decide whether to launch the 20th, and last, satellite in the 50-year-old constellation.

March 26, 2014 | Daily News

The Air Force and the United Launch Alliance estimate it would cost $1 billion to build an alternate to the Russian-built, first-stage engine used to power the Atlas V rocket booster.

March 21, 2014 | Inside the Army

Exelis successfully integrated its Global Network On-the-Move Active Distribution (GNOMAD) system into a Stryker vehicle during the Army Expeditionary Warfighting Experiment at Ft. Benning, GA, the company announced.

March 20, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The United Launch Alliance could begin building the Atlas V launch vehicle's first-stage engine domestically within three or four years, according to a company spokesman.

March 20, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force wants to launch a new weather satellite as soon as 2020 as gaps in the availability of critical military weather capabilities could be imminent, according to budget documents released last week.

March 20, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

Exelis has initiated acceptance testing for a key component of the next-generation Global Positioning System's navigation payload, which has faced significant technological delays that have pushed back the system's first satellite launch by one year.

March 17, 2014 | Daily News

The Air Force may review the procurement of Russian-built rocket engines for United Launch Alliance's Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle in light of recent events in Ukraine, according to the service's top civilian.

March 13, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force and Lockheed Martin work to solve technical problems with the next-generation Global Positioning System's Exelis-built navigation payload, Boeing is pitching its own payload as an alternative.

March 13, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

Executives at Lockheed Martin and Boeing this week offered differing opinions about the service's plans to disaggregate the future Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite constellation.

March 13, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force recently issued a draft request for proposals for commercial satellite services over western Africa -- a move that the Defense Department says could be a first step toward changing the way it procures bandwidth from commercial providers.

March 13, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

Despite the Air Force's optimism and stated interest in pursuing disaggregated space architectures and commercially hosted payloads, officials in the Government Accountability Office and the Pentagon's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office are concerned the service's enthusiasm isn't matched by the knowledge and planning required to execute a clear way forward.

March 12, 2014 | Daily News

A soldering problem has forced the Navy to push back the completion of the third satellite in its next-generation satellite communication system, a Navy official told Inside the Navy.

March 10, 2014 | Daily News

Despite the Air Force's optimism and stated interest in pursuing disaggregated space architectures and commercially hosted payloads, officials in the Government Accountability Office and the Pentagon's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office are concerned the service's enthusiasm isn't matched by the knowledge and planning required to execute a clear way forward.

March 07, 2014 | Daily News

The launch of the Air Force's first next-generation Global Positioning System satellite won't occur until 2016 due to a delay in the delivery of space vehicle's the navigation payload.

March 06, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's next weather satellite will be smaller and have a more focused mission than previous failed recapitalization efforts, service officials told reporters this week.

March 06, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's fiscal year 2015 budget request proposes scrapping plans to build two additional Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites in favor of a smaller, disaggregated future constellation.

March 05, 2014 | Daily News

The Air Force in its fiscal year 2015 budget request is slowing its plans for purchasing next-generation Global Positioning System satellites -- a move that significantly reduces the number of launches available for competition between 2015 and 2017.

March 05, 2014 | Inside Missile Defense

The Air Force's $8 billion fiscal year 2015 budget request released this week includes research and development funding for Space Fence -- a next-generation space situational awareness system that has faced delays and an uncertain future under sequestration.

February 27, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

Nearly a year after settling on an elaborate, multi-contractor acquisition strategy for an Air Force Space Command sensor sustainment program, the service has changed its mind and gone back to its original contracting strategy -- hiring a single member of industry in a winner-take-all competition.

February 27, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

ORLANDO, FL -- The Air Force later this year will launch the first two satellites of a new space situational awareness and surveillance program aimed at complementing the service's ground-based sensors by providing coverage in geosynchronous orbit.

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