Archive: Space

An Atlas V rocket carrying the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 19, 2018. The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile-warning and infrared surveillance information to the president of the United States, the secretary of defense, combatant commanders, the intelligence community and other key decision makers. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Air Force Awards First Contract for New Missile Warning Satellite

Lockheed Martin [LMT] was awarded Tuesday a contract not to exceed $2.9 billion for three Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Vehicles intended to enhance the U.S. military’s early missile warning and surveillance capabilities in space. The contract includes requirements analysis, design and development, critical path flight hardware procurement, early manufacturing and risk reduction […]

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

Analysts: ‘Unanswered Questions’ For the Cost of a Space Force

A new Pentagon report released Aug. 9 described several potential steps and proposals to build up to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force, but was scarce on cost estimates. The Defense Department’s final report to Congress said the department will lay out specific budget numbers for a potential Space Force when it releases its legislative […]

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Affiliates 53rd Annual Convention in National Harbor, Maryland. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Senior DoD Leader Urges ‘Wide-Eyed’ Approach to Space Force

The Pentagon is putting all the building blocks in place to help fulfill President Trump’s vision of a future Space Force, but stakeholders need to fully comprehend the resources that will be required to stand up a new service branch, the Defense Department’s number-two general said Aug. 10. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman […]

Greaves Outlines Missile Defense Space Sensor Layer

Huntsville, Ala. — The head of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) this week broadly outlined how he sees a future missile defense space sensor layer could work on the heels of increased Congressional attention to improving U.S. missile defense sensors and their ability to help detect hypersonic weapons. The missile defense community has been “seriously” […]

Analysts: Proposed Changes to Space Infrastructure ‘A Good Start’

The Pentagon is on the right track in its efforts to reorganize its sizable space infrastructure, but it is unclear whether the proposed Space Force can be stood up by 2020, and how it will be paid for, analysts said. The Defense Department, together with the White House, revealed Aug. 9 a proposed roadmap that […]

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

New Command and Elite Force: Pentagon Reveals Steps to Space Force

The Defense Department has released a roadmap for the department to eventually stand up a sixth branch of the Armed Forces devoted specifically to space. Establishing a Space Force that would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard requires legislative approval. But the report, titled “Final report on Organizational […]

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (DoD photo)

Pentagon Officials: Starting Space-Based Interceptor Work And Space Sensors Necessary For Hypersonic Threat

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Top Pentagon officials said here on Wednesday at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium that the Missile Defense Agency and Defense Department overall are working toward space-based missile interceptors while promoting a space sensor layer for both missile defenses and hypersonic defense The director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Air Force […]

Air Force Receives Latest Secure Communications Satellite

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has delivered the latest advanced extremely high frequency military communications satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the company said Aug. 6. The system is the fourth of six nuclear-hardened, jam-resistant protected communications satellites planned for the Air Force. It is scheduled to be launched into orbit this October aboard an […]

Artist's rendering of a Navy Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite.
(Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Navy Starts Expanding MUOS Use

The Navy late last week said its next generation narrowband five satellite constellation communication system was approved by U.S. Strategic Command for expanded operational use. This means early-adopted commands in the Navy and Marine Corps can start using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) while on deployment by the fall, mostly in the Pacific region. […]

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

Air Force General Says Space Cargo Possible Within A Decade

The Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC) has started looking at shipping and prepositioning cargo in space within 10 years, according to its commander.  Air Force Gen. Carlton Everhart II told reporters on Thursday at a Defense Writers Group event that he visited with SpaceX and Virgin Orbit last week and hopes to visit Blue […]