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Space Alert

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.

May 22, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

A House subcommittee is calling for the Pentagon to establish a strategy for the multiyear procurement of commercial satellite services that analyzes the risks and benefits of such an approach, according to a draft of the subcommittee's fiscal year 2014 defense authorization mark released Tuesday.

May 21, 2013 | Daily News

Almost a week after the Defense Department renewed a satellite-services lease with a Chinese company, House legislators are proposing a policy that would prevent the Pentagon from purchasing satellite services from foreign entities with certain business or ownership connections to the governments of China, North Korea or any country deemed a state sponsor of terrorism.

May 20, 2013 | Daily News

A Wideband Global Satellite Communications launch scheduled for this week has been delayed by one day due to an engine anomaly involving a Delta IV rocket booster.

May 16, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As with many space programs that require dedicated ground terminals, the Air Force's Enhanced Polar System payloads will be ready for launch before the EPS program's ground stations are fully developed, leading the service and contractor Northrop Grumman toward putting together an interim capability to fill that gap.

May 16, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force's space programs mature, the Space and Missile Systems Center is working to apply broad-based principles to streamline acquisition processes, reduce costs and make its programs more efficient, according to the general in charge of SMC.

May 16, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

An Air Force decision to shift acquisition responsibility for a space system operations contract from a local space wing to the Space and Missile Systems Center is based on an expectation that "vertical integration" will yield efficiencies, savings and strong performance, according to Air Force Space Command.

May 16, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force and the United Launch Alliance this week put the service's fourth Global Positioning System IIF satellite into orbit with a successful launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

May 10, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force is about a week away from cosigning a plan that would move launch provider SpaceX into the certification process to compete for the service's medium-class space launch business, according to the chief of the Space and Missile Systems Center.

May 09, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force and United Launch Alliance officials said this week that there is enough time between the upcoming back-to-back launches of the fourth Global Positioning System IIF satellite on May 15 and the fifth Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft on May 22 to account for marginal schedule and checkout delays, should they arise.

May 09, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A Defense Information Systems Agency agreement to lease satellite services from a Chinese company for U.S. Africa Command coverage will expire on May 14 but could extend an additional three years, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.

May 08, 2013 | Daily News

The seven-day gap between two upcoming Air Force launches gives the service a tight window in which to complete standard pre- and post-launch procedures, according to Space and Missile Systems Center officials.

May 07, 2013 | Daily News

Defense officials have embarked on a systematic review of threats to U.S. military spacecraft while at the same time investing in capabilities to "deny" adversaries the use of space, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

May 01, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is at work on a new generation of science and technology efforts aimed at weaning the military from a potentially fatal over-reliance on space platforms, giving rise to alternative technologies for precision navigation and long-haul communications, according to officials and documents.

April 26, 2013 | Daily News

Defense Department leadership is reviewing internal procedures related to entering into lease agreements with Chinese satellite service providers, following the recent discovery that the United States has been leasing satellite services from a Chinese company.

April 25, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center plans to issue
a request for proposals next month for a program that would establish a pool of
vendors to compete for future commercially hosted payload contracts.

April 25, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's first Space Based Infrared System satellite to reach geosynchronous Earth orbit could be certified as fully operational within the next month, following a trial period during which the service will test fixes to a communications flaw identified last fall.

April 23, 2013 | Daily News

The Navy's Air and Missile Defense Radar acquisition plan remains on track, according to a service official, despite the Pentagon's decision to terminate the Precision Tracking Space System (PTSS) -- a missile-defense satellite constellation with sensors the Navy planned to use to help compensate for a smaller and less-capable AMDR.