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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.

April 18, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The test prototype for the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System satellite will undergo three crucial tests this spring, setting the stage for what the service and its prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, hope will continue to be a smooth development process for the program's first space vehicle.

April 18, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force in its fiscal year 2014 budget request proposed
a plan to phase out the Operationally Responsive Space office, despite
congressional distaste for a similar proposal in last year's request.

April 18, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force has deferred its near-term plans to develop a follow-on to its Space-Based Surveillance System but will pursue a study of alternatives and, according to service officials, has some interim solutions that will help bolster its space situational awareness capabilities.

April 18, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Missile Defense Agency has initiated a long-term study to
determine the best way to meet future sensor requirements after canceling a
space-based sensor development program in its fiscal year 2014 budget request.

April 18, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

ITT Exelis is "buttoning up" final development of the navigation payload for the first Global Positioning System III space vehicle and preparing for an August delivery, according to a company official.

April 15, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force's block-buy acquisition strategy for two major space programs has yielded enough savings to protect those programs from near-term sequester cuts, according to the service's acting under secretary.

April 11, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- A study to mature the technology
required to incorporate dual launch into future Global Positioning System III
satellite launches should be completed early this summer, according to a
Lockheed Martin official.

April 11, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- As the Air Force begins the process of certifying potential new entrants to compete for its medium-class space launch business, service officials say that the work that went into developing the mechanism for qualifying these companies is paying off.

April 11, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Electrical testing on the first GPS III space vehicle is scheduled to be completed in May, followed by the expected delivery of the satellite's navigation payload this summer, according to prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

April 11, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. -- A much-anticipated Space Fence
contract award could be delayed as the Air Force works to prioritize its
spending in a time of fiscal uncertainty, a top service official said this week
-- the same week the service requested full funding for the program in fiscal
year 2014.

April 10, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Interim responses to a Commerce Department survey designed to perform a thorough analysis of the U.S. space industry found more than a third of respondents had open vacancies and three-fourths of respondents did not have formal protocols for addressing the threat of counterfeit parts, according to officials and documents.