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Space Alert

June 11, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2021 defense spending policy mark includes several provisions around the organization and implementation of the Space Force, but based on an executive summary released today, appears to be silent on any major space acquisition reforms.

June 11, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill would bar the Pentagon from complying with the Federal Communications Commission's decision to approve Ligado Networks' L-band network until the Defense Department submits cost estimates associated with potential GPS interference.

June 11, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 25-2 Wednesday evening to approve its version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, including billions of dollars in new U.S. military investments focused on deterring China in the Indo-Pacific region.

June 10, 2020

The Air Force Research Laboratory is working to use Link 16 to connect satellites with ground-based radios and aims to demonstrate the capability next March.

June 9, 2020

The Pentagon is readying a final solicitation for the initial batch of satellites slated to be a springboard for a prototype, proliferated low-earth-orbit constellation, a project intended to usher in both a new age of space technology as well as pivot toward integration with multidomain systems and operational concepts.

June 5, 2020

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights risk in the Air Force's plan to launch the first geosynchronous satellite in the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System constellation by late 2025, calling the plan "highly aggressive and high risk."

June 5, 2020

The Pentagon will accelerate plans for a new space-based missile defense architecture if Congress increases funding in fiscal year 2021 for the Hypersonic Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program, which could allow the U.S. military to put the "kernel" of a totally new network on orbit by FY-22, according to a senior Defense Department official.

June 4, 2020

The Pentagon will accelerate plans for a new space-based missile defense architecture if Congress increases funding in fiscal year 2021 for the Hypersonic Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program, which could allow the U.S. military to put the "kernel" of a totally new network on orbit by FY-22, according to a senior Defense Department official.

June 4, 2020

The Air Force Research Laboratory's space vehicles directorate is wrapping up a process to determine what new space research areas to invest in and expects to finalize its decision next month.

May 26, 2020

The Space and Missile Systems Center's special programs directorate is at the start of a four-month beta test of a new marketplace that will give companies a venue to sell Space Domain Awareness information and allow the Pentagon to take better advantage of both traditional and non-traditional data sources.

May 21, 2020

A new report from the Air Force makes nine recommendations for a tailored, clean-sheet Space Force acquisition system -- proposals the service says will streamline the way the Defense Department develops and acquires space capabilities.

May 20, 2020

The Joint Requirements Oversight Council recently signed off on an enterprise review of the Defense Department's missile defense and missile warning architecture, Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond told reporters today.

May 15, 2020

The Air Force today released new screening criteria for candidate locations to host the future U.S. Space Command headquarters -- part of a revised process that will expand the number of locations eligible for consideration in hopes of naming a preferred site by early next year.

May 15, 2020

The Air Force's top acquisition official told reporters yesterday he's approved an accelerated award of a "major satellite contract" that could be announced this week -- part of a larger effort to increase companies' cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 7, 2020

The head of the Space Development Agency said this week his organization is working closely with potential satellite providers to ensure their supply chains are healthy enough to incorporate new technology at a large scale.

May 7, 2020

The Army is looking at leveraging commercial satellites in its next integrated tactical network set as it focuses on capacity, resiliency and convergence, according to an Army official.

May 6, 2020

Pentagon officials appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee today to call on the Federal Communications Commission to reverse its order approving Ligado's L-band network license, but some senators questioned the Defense Department's vehement opposition to the approval.

May 6, 2020

The Air Force revealed new details today about the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle's next mission, which will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, in 10 days.

April 29, 2020

The Space Acquisition Council met this week for an emergency session aimed at reaching consensus on how to help the space industry withstand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 29, 2020

The Air Force's top acquisition official said today that concerns about assured space access and the global launch market raised in a new RAND Corp. report could drive a discussion around funding research and development for the next phase of launch competition sooner than expected.

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