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Space Alert

May 6, 2020

The Air Force revealed new details today about the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle's next mission, which will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, in 10 days.

April 29, 2020

The Space Acquisition Council met this week for an emergency session aimed at reaching consensus on how to help the space industry withstand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 29, 2020

The Air Force's top acquisition official said today that concerns about assured space access and the global launch market raised in a new RAND Corp. report could drive a discussion around funding research and development for the next phase of launch competition sooner than expected.

April 21, 2020

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently closed out a five-year program aimed at modeling a new way to develop and test improved space battle management command-and-control tools, and expects several agencies interested in the program's work may begin testing and experimentation as soon as this summer.

April 16, 2020

The Air Force's chief acquisition official confirmed today that a forthcoming report on a proposed Space Force acquisition system does not address whether the new service should have its own acquisition executive -- a recommendation that was included in an earlier draft of the report obtained by Inside Defense.

April 7, 2020

The Pentagon will hold a tabletop exercise this week to inform a new space deterrence strategy aimed at improving the Defense Department's messaging around space capabilities by potentially declassifying some information.

April 6, 2020

The Space Development Agency aims to release a formal request for proposals for its first tranche of transport communication satellites -- a capability the Pentagon expects will serve as the backbone and "main unifying thrust" of its joint all-domain command-and-control efforts, according to SDA director Derek Tournear.

April 2, 2020

The Air Force is nearly finished with a key report that will recommend a plan for establishing an alternative Space Force acquisition system that draws successful practices from organizations like the National Reconnaissance Office and the Rapid Capabilities Office to improve the way space capabilities are developed and procured.

March 30, 2020

The Space and Missile Systems Center on Friday revealed it has directed Raytheon, the prime contractor for the GPS Operational Control Segment, to replace the system's computer hardware -- a move that will add another 10 months to the program's schedule and cost the government an additional $378 million.

March 27, 2020

The Army on Wednesday completed the first series of exercises in an 18-month "learning campaign" intended to gather data on different capabilities the service can implement in its space strategy.

March 24, 2020

The director of the Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center's launch enterprise said today the service has characterized the Launch Services Procurement source selection as "mission essential," and hasn't faced any significant disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 23, 2020

The Pentagon has formally adopted the Space-based Kill Assessment as part of the Missile Defense System, delivering an initial variant to U.S. Northern Command in a recently disclosed move that marks a pivot for the small-scale pilot project to utilize commercially hosted satellites to mature the sensor network into an operational capability by 2022.

March 20, 2020

The Defense Department has submitted the first of two Space Force legislative proposals due to Congress at the end of February, but the substantial policy recommendations are awaiting approval from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

March 18, 2020

A new report from RAND Corp. recommends the Defense Department transfer nearly all space-related organizations and acquisition programs from across the services and DOD agencies into the new Space Force to promote the service's independence and fulfill the department's stated goal of integrating space activities under a single service.

March 13, 2020

The Defense Department's proposal to shift funding for the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor from the Missile Defense Agency to the Space Development Agency encountered continued headwinds in Congress this week, raising questions about the viability of this fiscal year 2021 request.

March 12, 2020

The Space Force plans to release details this summer on its new "transformational" approach to acquiring commercial satellite communications as a service.

March 10, 2020

Space Force Commander Gen. John Raymond will host a space architecture summit this week aimed at discussing the Defense Department's space-based missile warning and missile defense architecture.

February 27, 2020

PROMONTORY, UT -- Northrop Grumman today conducted a static-fire test of the second stage of the company's Omega launch vehicle -- a significant step toward meeting the Defense Department's launch certification requirements.

February 27, 2020

A key House missile-defense proponent this week challenged the Defense Department's proposal to realign funding in fiscal year 2021 for the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor from the Missile Defense Agency to the Space Development Agency.

February 20, 2020

The Air Force this week sent Congress a $4.2 billion fiscal year 2021 unfunded priorities list, which includes $1 billion for the Space Force, $1.1 billion to buy 12 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and about $736 million for facility sustainment efforts.