Archive: Air Force

Orbital's Minotaur IV launches from Cape Canaveral on Aug. 26 carrying the ORS-5 satellite. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Orbital Launches Sixth Minotaur IV Rocket, Deploys Air Force Satellite

Orbital ATK [OA] successfully launched its sixth Minotaur IV space launch vehicle on Aug. 26, sending an Air Force satellite, the Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5), into low-Earth orbit. The Minotaur IV rocket took off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 46 at 2:04 a.m., then deployed the ORS-5 satellite 28 minutes […]

An EC-130H Compass Call flies a training mission over Lake Mead, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

Air Force Selection Of L3 For Compass Call Replacement Upheld By GAO

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last Friday denied a protest by Boeing [BA] over the selection of L3 Technologies [LLL] earlier this year for a new electronic-attack aircraft without hosting a competition. L3 is responsible for the current EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, which is a modified version of Lockheed Martin [LMT] C-130 transport. L3 has […]

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson (Air Force photo)

Air Force Bracing For Possible Budget Turbulence

The U.S. Air Force has begun preparing for the possibility that Congress will have to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running when fiscal year 2018 begins in a little over a month, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Aug. 25. The Air Force could “adapt” to a “very short” CR, and it […]

Orbital ATK's Minotaur IV launch vehicle. Photo: Air Force.

DARPA, SOCOM Providing Secondary Payloads For Air Force ORS-5 Satellite Launch

The Orbital ATK [OA] Minotaur IV rocket that will launch the Air Force Operationally Responsive Space 5 (ORS-5) space-tracking satellite is also carrying two secondary payloads from Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and one from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), government and industry officials said Aug. 24. The Minotaur, whose lower stages use three […]

An artist's rendering of the U.S. Air Force's future Combat Rescue Helicopter(PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Air Force Lab Tests Radar Warning Receiver For New Combat Rescue Helicopter

The AN/APR-52 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), which is being developed to detect radar threats for the Air Force’s future HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), has demonstrated its technological maturity in a government laboratory, according to Lockheed Martin [LMT], whose Sikorsky unit is the CRH prime contractor. The May test involved high-fidelity simulations at the Air […]

The ALCM. Photo: Air Force.

Lockheed, Raytheon Win Air Force Contracts For New Nuclear Cruise Missile

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Raytheon [RTN] received contracts Aug. 23 to mature designs for the Long Range Standoff Weapon (LRSO), a replacement for the U.S. Air Force’s aging, nuclear-armed, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM). Each company has been awarded a 54-month contract valued at about $900 million for the program’s technology maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) […]

A trail from a recent Minuteman III test launch from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Photo: Air Force.

Aerojet, Orbital Join Northrop Grumman’s GBSD Team

Aerojet Rocketdyne [AJRD] and Orbital ATK [OA] both announced late Aug. 21 that they have joined the Northrop Grumman [NOC] team that will compete against Boeing [BA] to develop the U.S. Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). Northrop Grumman spokesman Tim Paynter said that “both Aerojet Rocketdyne and Orbital ATK are providing propulsion solutions.” […]

The Air Force test launches a Minuteman III ICBM in September 2010. Photo: Air Force.

Boeing, Northrop Win Air Force Contracts For New ICBM

Boeing [BA] and Northrop Grumman [NOC] have edged out Lockheed Martin [LMT] for contracts to mature designs for the Ground-based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), the replacement for the Air Force’s aging, nuclear-armed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the service announced late Aug. 21. “We are moving forward with modernization of the ground-based leg of the […]

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Air Force Lab Tapping Six Firms For Aerospace Vehicle Research

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is in the midst of awarding contracts to six companies to develop cutting-edge aerospace vehicles. The lab has already announced three recipients this month: Aurora Flight Sciences, Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Northrop Grumman [NOC]. The companies will “conduct research to develop, demonstrate, integrate and transition new aerospace vehicle […]

Engineers stand in front of the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite in the MIT Lincoln Laboratory clean room in Lexington, Mass. (Photo courtesy of MIT Lincoln Lab)

Air Force Readies ORS-5 Space-Tracking Satellite For Aug. 25 Launch

The U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office has completed a flight readiness review for the ORS-5 space-tracking satellite, keeping the mission on track for an Aug. 25 launch, the service announced Aug. 18. Built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, ORS-5 is slated to lift off on an Orbital ATK [OA] […]