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July 16, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force continues to await a Space Fence acquisition decision from the Pentagon and, in the meantime, is considering how it may be able to upgrade and extend the life of existing sensors should the contract not be awarded.

July 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

LAUREL, MD -- Understanding the combined impact of space weather events and local conditions could enhance the military's ability to understand when and where satellite communications problems will occur, according to research being developed by a team of scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

July 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Electric propulsion is likely to have an increased presence in the Air Force's space systems in the future, according to an official in the service's military satellite communications directorate.

July 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

LAUREL, MD -- Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are using funding provided through an Air Force study and risk-reduction contract to develop a more compact and capable sensor design for the next-generation weather satellite system.

June 27, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Early data comparing testing time lines and anomaly resolution between the test prototype for the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System and the first flight vehicle reveals positive trends that prime contractor Lockheed Martin expects will continue as production moves forward.

June 27, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board has completed two key studies, one on non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and the other on the use of Air Force Space Command sensors, which are slated to complete a security review process in July. Their abstracts would then be released to the public in the fall.

June 27, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force, required to pay a $3.4 billion sequestration bill from its procurement accounts, financed the tab in part by drawing nearly $1.2 billion from funds appropriated in prior years, a move that allowed four of the service's top-10 largest acquisition efforts to escape cuts to newly appropriated fiscal year 2013 funds, according to a new Pentagon report.

June 20, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A reprogramming request submitted to Congress last month cites technology challenges and schedule delays in the Air Force's plan to extend the life of an aging weather satellite, but service officials say the language in the document misrepresents the situation.

June 13, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force studies possibilities for future Global Positioning System architectures, the most promising option is a constellation that augments dual-launched, next-generation GPS satellites with smaller navigation satellites, according to a recent Space and Missile Systems Center report.

June 13, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The House Armed Services Committee has, for the second year in a row, rejected the Air Force's proposal to defund Operationally Responsive Space, and lawmakers are claiming that the Defense Department may have avoided the need to renew a one-year satellite lease with a Chinese company had it appropriately utilized the office.

June 13, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The House Armed Services Committee is asking the Air Force to continue to explore and engage the use of solar electric propulsion systems in its spacecraft.

June 13, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

House lawmakers want to boost the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System's data exploitation capabilities and are proposing an additional $20 million in funding for this effort.

June 13, 2013 | Daily News

As the Defense Department continues to work toward introducing competition into its medium-class space launch market, its biggest challenge will be to enforce the processes and practices that come with a new way of doing business, a department official said this week.

June 06, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As the Missile Defense Agency continues
to explore its options for meeting future sensor requirements, the Office of
the Secretary of Defense last month completed and submitted to Congress a Cost
Assessment and Program Evaluation study on the now-canceled Precision Tracking
Space System program.

June 06, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is asking for industry input in an ongoing
assessment of upcoming decisions related to the future of national security
space launch, according to an Air Force spokesman.

May 30, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force on May 24 successfully sent its fifth Wideband
Global Satellite Communications spacecraft into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, FL.

May 30, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Space Command officials say a life-extension
program for the service's aging weather satellite constellation has not faced
any setbacks, seemingly contradicting a recently released reprogramming
document in which the Defense Department requests shifting funds from the
program due to technology challenges and schedule delays.

May 30, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force's 50th Space Wing works to modernize and improve
its range of satellite operations responsibilities, service officials are eying
a more cost-effective, more capable and less redundant future.

May 30, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Space Command officials believe they have designed a contracting structure for a missile warning hardware sustainment competition that will deliver maximum competition and are confident the service's relatively fast-paced schedule for awarding several contracts is achievable.

May 23, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A push for efficiency in space system operations and
maintenance has led the Air Force to break a contracting process that would
have provided support to three different types of programs into separate
contracts for each of those three areas: the Air Force Satellite Control
Network, Global Positioning System and military satellite communications.

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