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December 04, 2019 | Daily News

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin said this week the fledgling Space Development Agency has had to slow down or pause some early architecture work as the Pentagon awaits congressional action on fiscal year 2020 defense spending legislation.

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force expects its new Space Fence radar will meet the required assets available milestone next month, after completing operational tests Nov. 7.

November 22, 2019 | Daily News

The GAO today released a public version of its full decision to sustain Blue Origin's protest of the Air Force's Launch Services Procurement effort, expanding on its conclusion that the solicitation does not comply with federal acquisition regulations.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force confirmed today that it will amend it's Launch Services Procurement request for proposals to comply with a recommendation from the Government Accountability Office, noting that it does not expect the process to affect its plan to award a contract next spring.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is urging the Federal Communications Commission to reject a request from Ligado Networks to use spectrum that the department fears could disrupt its GPS capability.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has confirmed its first three "vanguard" programs are Golden Horde, Skyborg and Navigation Technology Satellite-3 -- all of which are demonstrating revolutionary technology the service wants to quickly transition into programs of record.

November 20, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is required to shut down its legacy Space Defense Operations Center by fiscal year 2022, but the official leading an effort to replace the outdated system with a new, open architecture command-and-control capability is aiming to beat that time line.

November 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office has sustained Blue Origin's protest of Phase 2 of the Air Force's Launch Services Procurement effort and is recommending the service amend the solicitation.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department plans to update the cost estimate for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent in late spring of next year, setting the stage for a potential major recalibration of the price tag for the new ballistic missile program that generated a pair of valuations in 2017 that varied by more than $20 billion.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is preparing to kick off a key end-to-end simulation phase for its Blackjack program next spring, aiming to retire risk on the path to demonstrating the utility of a proliferated low-earth orbit satellite constellation equipped with an autonomous data processing capability.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Lab has seen early success testing the operational utility of the growing market for commercial space internet services and is planning to expand its test slate next week to the AC-130.

October 31, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to submit a formal acquisition strategy for its latest effort to modernize space command-and-control architecture and is working to mitigate early technical and program management concerns, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

October 30, 2019 | Daily News

Since merging four months ago, L3Harris Technologies has submitted more than a dozen proposals, mostly in electronic warfare and space sensing domains, that bring together Harris and L3 Technologies capabilities, according to its chief executive.

October 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has selected Harris, Leidos, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon to develop prototype designs for the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program -- a project formerly called the Space Sensor Layer -- to develop a network of orbiting satellites optimized to continuously track long-range missiles from launch to impact.

October 23, 2019 | Daily News

United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno said today that a one- to two-year delay to the Air Force's Launch Services Procurement program could create a "big problem" for the department’s efforts to eliminate reliance on Russian-made rocket engines.

October 16, 2019 | Daily News

The acting director of the Space Development Agency told reporters today his organization is not under immediate pressure due to the lack of a fiscal year 2020 budget, but noted that if the continuing resolution continues into February, early launch plans could face delays.

October 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Space Development Agency is creating an inventory of the "battle plans" of various space agencies within the Defense Department that will help inform its plans to develop a next-generation space architecture.

October 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is making progress on an incremental plan to upgrade its space launch ranges with new infrastructure, safety mechanisms and updated procedures by the mid-2020s.

October 03, 2019 | Daily News

L3Harris Technologies expects to complete a preliminary design review for an experimental Navigation Technology Satellite that will serve as a pathfinder for new GPS capabilities and potentially an augmentation platform for the constellation.

October 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force this week awarded United Launch Alliance two major fixed-price launch mission support contracts that represent the last remnants of a sole-sourced block-buy deal and, the service says, brings it into compliance with a fiscal year 2016 congressional requirement that it eliminate its practice of awarding cost-plus incentive contracts for mission support.