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March 14, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

In the lead-up to next week's launch of the second Space Based Infrared System satellite to geosynchronous Earth orbit, Air Force and Lockheed Martin program officials say their teams are building on their experiences from the constellation's first satellite to shorten operational and production time lines.

March 12, 2013 | Daily News

A communications issue with the Air Force's first Space Based Infrared Systems satellite in geosynchronous Earth orbit, identified last fall, will not impact next week's scheduled launch of the constellation's second satellite, according to service officials.

March 07, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A 2013 defense spending bill introduced earlier this week
includes provisions that would bolster the Air Force's space modernization
efforts and split Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle funding into two separate
line items to increase the program's cost visibility.

March 07, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A piece of legislation passed by the House of Representatives
this week would fund development of the Operationally Responsive Space office
well above what the Air Force had requested while cutting some funding from the
F-35 program.

February 28, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force has indicated that it might purchase a seventh Space Based Infrared System satellite -- a possibility reflected in a recent contract award for procurement of the constellation's fifth and sixth space vehicles.

February 21, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force officials have laid out their plans to evolve and upgrade the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite constellation over the next several years through a Capability Insertion Program (CIP), the contract for which will be executed on a sole-source basis by Lockheed Martin.

February 15, 2013 | Daily News

As the Air Force prepares to implement its sequestration plan, the service has provided new details on the aircraft and other programs that would be hardest hit by the massive budget reductions -- with the C-130 cargo aircraft at the top of the list.

February 07, 2013 | Daily News

Pentagon plans to press ahead with a follow-on buy of two Space Based Infrared System satellites this fiscal year are at risk in the face of continued uncertainty about the FY-13 budget, threatening a production line break and increased costs, according to Air Force officials.

February 07, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force continues to explore the possibility of engaging smaller satellite architectures, the Air Force Research Lab is leading several studies to determine ways to improve certain capabilities and explore the logistics of producing smaller satellites.

January 30, 2013 | Daily News

While disaggregation of satellite architecture may offer cost savings and better flexibility, industry executives and policy experts said today that the defense industry should take time to analyze that potential before embracing the concept.

January 24, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Satellite payload developer ITT Exelis is working with the
Air Force Research Lab to shrink the size of the Global Positioning System's
navigation payload -- an effort to make it more efficient to manufacture and

January 24, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is moving ahead on its development of a
follow-on weather satellite, despite an announcement last month that the
program was short on funds.

January 24, 2013 | Daily News

The Pentagon should designate a single office to procure all satellite communications assets and services, according to a Defense Business Board task force.

January 24, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has waived two requirements to enable the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System control capability to enter its engineering and manufacturing development phase, a move that is drawing scrutiny on Capitol Hill.

January 17, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force has plans to issue a contract for commercially hosted payloads by the end of this calendar year, paving the way for the service to explore more pervasive use of the capability, according to Air Force Space Command's top official.

January 17, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A test last fall of certain capabilities in the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System constellation yielded largely positive results but identified a deficiency that will affect its suitability, according to a Pentagon report released this week.

January 17, 2013 | Daily News

As an investigation continues into the cause of an engine malfunction during an October Delta IV launch, the head of Air Force Space Command said this week the service has pinpointed the problem as a fuel leak in the vehicle's combustion chamber.

January 10, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The second satellite in the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System constellation is expected to arrive today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, where Lockheed Martin and service technicians will ready the satellite for a planned launch in March.

January 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force last week awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.9 billion full production contract for its fifth and sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites. Company officials say work on the communications satellites will begin immediately.

January 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Days after announcing the suspension of the Weather Satellite Follow-on program, the Air Force issued a $9 million support contract for the program to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.