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July 18, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force announced this week that all three of SpaceX's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class qualifying launches will count toward certification of the company's Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

July 15, 2014 | Daily News

After awarding contracts to three prime contractors earlier this month, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the industry teaming arrangements for Phase 1 of its new XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane program.

July 15, 2014 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has supported an array of Pentagon weapons programs in its $549.3 billion military spending bill for fiscal year 2015, including the Air Force's fleet of A-10 aircraft; the Army's combat vehicle industrial base; and the Navy's modernization of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and fleet of EA-18G Growlers.

July 11, 2014 | Daily News

Launch provider SpaceX announced July 11 that the Air Force has deemed all three of the company's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class qualifying launches to be successful.

July 10, 2014 | Daily News

The Air Force on July 10 awarded contracts to the first pool of potential hosted payload providers, selecting 14 companies to compete for future task orders that could be worth as much as $495 million.

July 02, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force wants to rapidly prototype a range of systems capable of more easily fuzing data from commercial and civil space-based infrared sensors to support military missions including battlespace awareness and target indication, according to a June 24 broad agency announcement from the Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) office.

July 02, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

A long-running competitive acquisition process to select a contractor capable of assisting the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in its unique mission has been pushed back by several months because of "external delays" over the last year.

July 02, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is asking the U.S. Federal Claims Court to dismiss SpaceX's lawsuit against the U.S. government, calling the complaint "amorphous" in a June 30 filing.

July 02, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems have received individual awards for Phase 1 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's XS-1 Spaceplane Program, according to two June 27 award notices.

July 02, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

Raytheon confirmed this week that it will not protest the Air Force's award of a $914 million Space Fence contract to Lockheed Martin.

June 26, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

After putting all continuity of operations exercises on hold to reduce costs in fiscal year 2013, the 50th Operations Group at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado has already completed four exercises in 2014, including a recent test of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program's backup operations system.

June 26, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force this week awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billion contract to finish building the fifth and sixth Space-Based Infrared Systems Geostationary Orbit satellites.

June 23, 2014 | Daily News

The Air Force has offered Raytheon an "extended debriefing" to shed light on the service's selection of competitor Lockheed Martin to build the next-generation Space Fence, according to a Raytheon spokesman.

June 20, 2014 | Daily News

Just days after the CEO of United Launch Alliance defended the use of the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine for national security space launches, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has asked the Pentagon whether the price the United States pays for the first-stage engines is excessive.

June 19, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The demand for space simulation in virtual training exercises is growing faster than the infrastructure and personnel needed to support that demand, according to the director of one of the key Air Force space simulation programs.

June 19, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is considering adopting a multiyear procurement strategy for future Next-Generation Global Positioning System satellites, but according to a recent report, such a move would not be justified until at least fiscal year 2016.

June 18, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

Two days after announcing the signing of private contracts for next-generation rocket propulsion concept studies, United Launch Alliance CEO Michael Gass said the company has tasked the Russian manufacturer of the RD-180 engine to speed up production to mitigate against potential supply disruptions resulting from strained United States-Russia relations. He also said the company has the license and capacity to build the engine domestically, if needed.

June 12, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

U.S. Africa Command will have much-needed communications coverage over Western Africa within the next two months -- and likely sooner -- due to an innovative satellite communications contract the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded late last week.

June 06, 2014 | Daily News

The Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center this week initiated the first phase of a two-part process to determine whether other companies can compete against prime contractor Lockheed Martin to build the next-generation Global Positioning System satellite vehicle and navigation payload.

June 05, 2014 | Daily News

The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program has increased the number of remaining planned launches through the end of the next decade from 89 to 100, a 12 percent increase -- expected to cost $2.5 billion -- made in response to revised satellite vehicle requirements from Air Force Space Command.

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