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September 05, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is not taking advantage of the significant capability and efficiency that microsatellites could introduce to its space programs, according to an Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study completed earlier this summer.

September 05, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is seeking contractors to upgrade the capability of the navigation payload it uses for its Global Positioning System satellites, according to a solicitation issued this week.

August 29, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA -- When the Air Force launches two Boeing-built small satellites this fall as part of its third Operationally Responsive Space mission, it will represent the first launch of a nanosatellite for an articulated Air Force need. Boeing officials say the mission could set the stage for broader use of small satellites in military space programs.

August 29, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Research Lab last week began soliciting ideas for advancing the Air Force's space situational awareness and space control capabilities -- just days after the service announced it will delay by one year a contract award for a next-generation Space Fence.

August 27, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force is delaying plans to declare the Advanced Extremely High Frequency program ready for initial operations by one year, triggering a schedule breach for the $13 billion military communications satellite development effort led by Lockheed Martin.

August 22, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Within the next 40 days, the Air Force will sign a contract with Northrop Grumman in preparation for a major satellite communications change that would impact all of the Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft.

August 22, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A contract award for the Air Force's new Space Fence has been delayed until at least next spring, pushing the program's expected initial operations to 2018, according to the chief of Air Force Space Command.

August 22, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

EL SEGUNDO, CA -- Boeing is preparing to deliver its last four Global Positioning System IIF satellites by the end of this year, but its investment in the GPS constellation won't end with this contract, a company official told reporters this week.

August 22, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

EL SEGUNDO, CA -- Boeing for several years has been positioning itself as a leader in the commercial satellite market -- a strategy that company executives expect will help it maintain strong profits through this season of dwindling government budgets.

August 22, 2013 | Daily News

Air Force Space Command has released a white paper touting the potential of disaggregated space architectures to boost the resiliency of Defense Department satellites against Chinese capabilities while also lowering costs, an approach that could shape military investment plans for years to come.

August 21, 2013 | Daily News

A contract award for the Air Force's new Space Fence has been delayed until at least next spring, pushing the program's expected initial operations to 2018, according to the chief of Air Force Space Command.

August 15, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is weighing the benefits and risks associated with reducing government oversight at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, and the Eastern Range, as part of a capabilities-based assessment of privatizing the East Coast launch site.

August 14, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

As Pentagon officials scramble to adjust to cutbacks in defense spending, the debate over a potentially revolutionary approach to operating space capabilities has so far failed to pick up steam, recent comments by key leaders indicate.

August 13, 2013 | Daily News

The Defense Department is setting aside nearly $40 billion in its long-term spending blueprint to support a 12-year extension of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, including 60 additional launches from fiscal years 2018 to 2028, according to a Pentagon report explaining cost growth in the Air Force program.

August 13, 2013 | Daily News

Air Force Space Command is preparing to cease operation of the Space Surveillance System by Oct. 1 -- a move forced by sequestration, according to a press release issued this evening.

August 08, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force this week successfully launched its sixth Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

August 08, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Just a few days after releasing a request for proposals for a first-of-its-kind commercially hosted payload contracting vehicle, the Air Force this week issued a request for information regarding the development of a wide-field-of-view payload to be hosted by a commercial satellite.

August 08, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's third Operationally Responsive Space satellite, set to launch in November, is being designed to demonstrate several launch and range improvements, including automated targeting and commercial-like procurement practices.

August 08, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force estimates the total acquisition cost of the Global Positioning System Next Generation Control System -- dubbed GPS OCX -- will be $4.8 billion, including $3.4 billion for research and development, according to the Pentagon's first survey of the  command and control system.

August 08, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force tonight successfully launched its sixth Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

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