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Space Alert

January 23, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is considering transferring command-and-control operations of its aging weather satellite constellation to NASA or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ground systems in an effort to save money while maintaining the capability through the end of its service life.

January 23, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

Boeing recently demonstrated an anti-jamming capability that can be transmitted through existing satellite constellations -- part of an ongoing Air Force effort to map out its future protected military satellite communication needs.

January 23, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

A modification to the process for charging the Air Force's Global Positioning System IIR and IIR-M satellite batteries could extend the life of the constellation by 27 years, according to officials at the Space and Missile Systems Center.

January 16, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The pending transition of an Air Force division tasked with acquiring space command-and-control goods and services from one major command to another has led the service to completely re-examine its acquisition strategy for a potentially multibillion-dollar sustainment construct for missile warning sensors and radars.

January 16, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

An omnibus spending bill unveiled early this week by House and Senate appropriators includes a $520 million cut to Air Force satellite and launch-vehicle procurement, with the most significant portion of that reduction, $365 million, coming from Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle purchasing.

January 16, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

An experimental, space-based infrared sensor the Air Force turned off in November continues to provide the service with important data that officials say will carry forward into ongoing sensor development work and will have near-term applications for high-profile programs like the Space-Based Infrared System.

January 09, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

SpaceX this week completed what could be the final of three launches required for the company to qualify to compete its Falcon 9 v1.1 spacecraft for future Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class missions.

January 09, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's new deputy under secretary for space said this week that he expects the ongoing debate over the future of the Operationally Responsive Space office to continue into fiscal year 2015 as the service works to close the office and incorporate its tenets throughout its space programs.

December 19, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force could revive the defunded Space-Based Surveillance System follow-on program within the next year should an ongoing analysis determine that existing research compiled over the last 20 years is enough to qualify the program for a milestone A decision.

December 06, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force today decommissioned the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload Satellite -- just months after announcing its interest in potentially keeping the experimental payload in operation through 2015.

December 04, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has approved a milestone B decision for the Air Force's Air and Space Operations Center modernization program just as he informed lawmakers that the program had incurred a Nunn-McCurdy-style schedule breach last year.

November 27, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Space Test Program's STPSat-3 is operating nominally since it was launched last week as part of the third Operationally Responsive Space mission, according to the Air Force official in charge of the program.

November 27, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Space Command expects to determine whether SpaceX's late September Falcon 9 v1.1 launch will count toward the company's certification as a potential competitor in future Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class launches as soon as the end of the year, a command spokeswoman said this week.

November 26, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force last month approved the second next-generation U.S. missile warning satellite -- part of the $17.5 billion Spaced Based Infrared System (SBIRS) constellation -- for operational use earlier than planned, the service announced.

November 21, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Among the many payloads launched this week as part of the third Operationally Responsive Space mission was an autonomous flight safety system prototype that could change the way the Air Force tracks rockets during launch.

November 20, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is engaged in a series of programs to help combat the overwhelmingly restrictive cost of operating in space, said Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Director Arati Prabhakar.

November 20, 2013 | Daily News

Future space efforts could be hindered by an aging workforce without adequate replacements and not enough investment in research and development, the department's acquisition chief Frank Kendall tells lawmakers in a new report.

November 14, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's top general said this week that acquisition of a modernized space situational awareness capability, known as Space Fence, will not be canceled -- at least not if the Air Force has the final say.

November 14, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center says it remains on track to announce a critical decision on the long-delayed Family of Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals program this quarter, despite the negative impact that sequestration and a government shutdown have had on so many service acquisition efforts.

October 31, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force has not yet rescheduled a Delta IV Global Positioning System satellite launch that was slated for Oct. 23 as it continues to assess the implications of technical findings from an ongoing investigation into a flawed but otherwise successful Delta IV launch last year.