Archive: Space

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Space Force Plan Could Fizzle Under HASC Democratic Leadership

With Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives come January, the path to President Trump’s coveted Space Force just got a little rockier. As Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is expected to pivot from his position of ranking member for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to chairman after the results of the Nov. 6 […]

NASA Astronaut Col. Tyler "Nick" Hague prepares to perform rendezvous and robotic arm retrieval training in the Systems Engineering Simulator, called "The Dome", at Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston, Tex., Apr. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

Air Force Investing in Space Training Over Next Five Years

The Air Force is putting increased dollars and training hours toward ensuring its space operators are properly equipped for any future conflict in space, a service official said Nov. 2. Air Force Space Command’s biggest training shortfall is simulators, and especially simulators that can reflect more advanced, warfighting scenarios, Brig. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt, the […]

The GPS III program is a platform that could use improved acquisition. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Harris Delivers Sixth GPS III Payload to Lockheed Martin

Harris Corp. [HRS] has delivered its sixth advanced navigation payload to Lockheed Martin [LMT] as part of the Air Force’s GPS III satellite program, the company said Nov. 1. The latest payload is the third GPS III system that Lockheed Martin has received from Harris in the last 12 months, the company said in a […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Initial Space Force Estimates for FY ’20 Budget Imminent

The Defense Department plans to have an initial cost estimate for Space Force efforts within the fiscal year 2020 budget request by next week, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Oct. 26. Speaking at the annual Military Reporters and Editors conference in Arlington, Va., Shanahan told reporters to put the previously reported estimate of $13 […]

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks at the Oct. 23 National Space Council meeting at the National Defense University.

DoD Reveals Six Recommendations to Move Ahead with Space Force

The Pentagon’s second-highest civilian official presented several recommendations that would help the department build a path to a Space Force during a National Space Council public meeting Oct. 23. Representing the Department of Defense (DoD) at the meeting, held at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced six recommendations […]

Blue Origin's BE-4 engine on a test stand. Photo: Blue Origin.

Blue Origin: Reusability Key Factor in Future Air Force Space Architecture

The Air Force is prioritizing reusability for its future space systems as demonstrated in its recent launch service agreement awards, a Blue Origin official said Oct. 19. The service has been “foot-stomping” the idea that reusable launch systems will be part of its next space architecture, as it will improve reliability and lower the cost […]

Integration of the payload module for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communications satellite. Photo: Northrop Grumman, by Alex Evers

ULA Completes 50th Launch For U.S. Air Force With AEHF Mission

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully carried the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) mission into orbit for the U.S. Air Force on an Atlas V rocket that took off early Wednesday morning from Cape Canaveral. This rocket used was an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 551 configuration vehicle standing at 197 feet tall, […]

Accion Systems' Tiled Ionic Liquid Electrospray 500 thruster. Photo: Accion Systems

Boeing HorizonX Invests In Satellite Propulsion Developer Accion Systems

Boeing [BA] on Wednesday said its venture unit HorizonX has invested in Accion Systems, a startup that is developing tiny thrusters for satellite propulsion. Boeing said that Massachusetts-based Accion’s Tiled Ionic Liquid Electrospray in-space propulsion system offers is smaller, lighter and more cost-effective than traditional ion engines. It also said the postage stamp-size thrusters are […]