Archive: Space

The first GPS III satellite in transport to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo: Lockheed Martin

First GPS III Satellite Arrives at Cape Canaveral

The first of 10 new Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built GPS III satellites has arrived at Cape Canaveral, Fla., ahead of a projected December launch date, the company said on Monday.  The system was shipped on Aug. 20 from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, to the Cape on a C-17 transport aircraft, according to a Lockheed Martin […]

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Inhofe: ‘They’re Winning Me Over’ on Space Force

A former Space Force skeptic in the Senate is expressing more support for President Trump’s pet project to develop a sixth military branch devoted to space investment by 2020. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told reporters Thursday that he is becoming more persuaded by the idea of a Space Force since Vice President Mike Pence revealed […]

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

Senators Mulling Trump’s Space Force Roadmap

The road to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force by 2020 requires congressional approval, and several senators have mixed feelings about the proposed effort to build a brand new service dedicated to space. The Pentagon and Vice President Mike Pence revealed Aug. 9 a roadmap to building a sixth service that could combine all of […]

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 […]