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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.

January 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

More than two months into its initial production contract for
the fifth and sixth geosynchronous Earth orbit satellites in the Air Force's
Space-Based Infrared System constellation, Lockheed Martin has been awarded a
second production contract to cover non-recurring engineering work.

January 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

In the aftermath of a recent senior-level summit on the Air Force's cyber priorities, Air Force Space Command will be holding a more localized version in Colorado this spring in the hopes of improving the way it does business with space and cyber technology providers.

December 26, 2012 | Daily News

Air Force officials conducting a study on the viability of merging commercial and military terminals for the Wideband Global Satellite Communications constellation hope to have those terminals installed aboard aircraft within five years of the study's conclusion, depending on the results of the analysis.

December 26, 2012 | Daily News

As Air Force officials review data from the recent Orbital Test Vehicle launch to inform an ongoing accident investigation board, NASA -- which is contributing to that analysis -- plans to move ahead with a scheduled January launch without making significant changes to its rocket booster as a result of that AIB.

December 24, 2012 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency last week issued new information about its search for industry expertise on the development of additional satellites for its space-based missile tracking system and how industry competitors and a five-laboratory team will work together to develop them.