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September 25, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Companies making up the domestic commercial electro-optical satellite imagery industry are worried the United States is losing its leadership status as foreign satellite operators have entered the global market, according to a survey published by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security.

September 19, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

After announcing in August its intent to shut down its legacy Space Fence by Oct. 1, Air Force Space Command this week confirmed that it ceased operating the capability on Sept. 1, a month before its deadline. At the same time, the service is asking the contractors competing to build the Space Fence follow-on system to complete risk-reduction work while the service awaits approval from the Pentagon to award a contract for the approximately $2.7 billion program.

September 19, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Force Space Command Chief Gen. William Shelton said this week that his command is positioned to make it through fiscal year 2014 under the conditions of sequestration -- but not without taking on significant risk, particularly in the area of sustainment.

September 19, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The navigation payload for the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System satellite is facing delays that could impact the the program's delivery schedule, Air Force Space Command's chief said this week.

September 19, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force this week successfully launched its third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

September 18, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The United States will respond to an attack on its space assets, but that response would not be limited to the space domain, a senior defense official said this week.

September 17, 2013 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The navigation payload for the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System satellite is facing delays that could impact the program's delivery schedule, Air Force Space Command chief Gen. William Shelton said today.

September 12, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's assessment of lower-cost solutions for acquiring its future Global Positioning System capabilities, completed earlier this year, lacks key information on cost as well as input from important civilian stakeholders, according to a Government Accountability Office report issued this week.

September 12, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As part of a larger effort to save money by completing more of its logistics work in-house, the Air Force is partnering with the Air National Guard to move a Space Surveillance Network radar from an air station in Antigua to H.E. Holt Naval Communications Station in Australia.

September 12, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force next week will launch its third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite in the last four years -- the last AEHF satellite to liftoff before a three-year pause in the program's launch schedule. The Air Force's AEHF program manager said this week that the pause should not affect the service's ability to meet requirements.

September 05, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Lockheed Martin successfully integrated its next-generation Global Positioning System prototype satellite with its associated ground system made by Raytheon during tests last week at Cape Caneveral Air Force Station, FL -- a major step toward testing the satellite's performance, according to company officials.

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.

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