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December 12, 2012 | Daily News

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley has directed a new study of potential uses for nano- and micro-satellites as the service contemplates transferring missions now consolidated among a handful of large satellites to a larger constellation of smaller spacecraft.

December 11, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force's third Orbital Test Vehicle was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, marking a return to Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle operations after a two-month delay.

November 08, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has launched a review to determine how to better take advantage of commercial satellite communications services.

November 07, 2012 | Daily News

An investigation into a problematic GPS satellite launch in October is far from complete, which may delay a number of planned launches, according to the head of Air Force Space Command.

November 02, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force's upcoming launch of the third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has been postponed another two weeks, to Nov. 27, to give the service and its launch provider extra time to investigate a flawed launch in early October.

November 01, 2012 | Daily News

As Lockheed Martin begins production on the fifth and sixth geosynchronous Earth orbit satellites in the Space Based Infrared System constellation, the company and the Air Force are learning from past experience and are positioned for a cheaper, more efficient production process, according to a company official.

October 25, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The entrance of private firms into the space launch market has changed the calculus for developing new launch technologies, particularly the Reusable Booster System, according to a study released this week by the National Academy of Sciences.

October 09, 2012 | Daily News

The United Launch Alliance detected an unanticipated "data signature" on one of the engines that powered the launch of the Air Force's newest Global Positioning System satellite last week, an issue that caused the rocket's upper-stage engine to provide lower thrust than expected.

October 03, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon has launched 14 efforts to rapidly transition mature technologies into pilot projects that could find permanent homes in the military's arsenal, with each one aimed at resolving an immediate need identified by combatant commanders.

September 20, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is still evaluating recommendations from a missile defense study that called for avoiding investment in space-based interceptors and canceling the Precision Tracking and Surveillance System, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall.

September 05, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

A Defense Department initiative to counter an enemy's ability to interfere with satellite communications has learned valuable lessons from several tests this year, and the Pentagon is working on a plan to build on the effort once the test project concludes at the end of the month.

August 21, 2012 | Daily News

The first and only Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite has achieved initial operational capability, Air Force Space Command officials announced this week.

August 09, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate
appropriators approved $110 million for a space program the Air Force has said
it wants to cut, setting the stage for a conference issue with House
appropriators.

August 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

In an effort
to control costs, Defense Department space programs ought to look into using
private launch providers such as the California-based SpaceX, according to the
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

August 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Five members
of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence criticized cuts to commercial
satellite imagery programs in the report accompanying the panel's fiscal year
2013 authorization bill.

June 21, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Commerce
Department has launched an extensive review of the space industry designed to
closely map its supply chain in what is believed to be the broadest effort of
its kind.

June 21, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Citing
concern over how quickly insurgents are able to get access to commercial
imagery services, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking
industry proposals for inexpensive satellites that could respond to requests
from U.S. troops within 90 minutes.

June 05, 2012 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee opposes Air Force plans to close the Operationally Responsive Space office, recommending instead that more money be directed to fund ORS activities.

May 31, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Concerned that the Defense Department has launched space systems into orbit without first completing work on related ground stations, Senate authorizers are pressing DOD to coordinate such efforts at the outset of major satellite acquisition programs.

May 10, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee wants the Defense Department's acquisition chief to submit an annual assessment for five years on the synchronization of satellite, ground and user terminal segments of major space acquisition programs.

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