Archive: Space

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 […]

The AR-22 engine built by Aerojet Rocketdyne during hot-fire testing at NASA Stennis on June 27, 2018. The engine was built for Boeing as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Experimental Spaceplane program. This new Boeing spaceplane, called Phantom Express, is intended to demonstrate a new paradigm for more routine, responsive and affordable space access. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Tests 24-Hour Turnaround For AR-22 Rocket Engine

Aerojet Rocketdyne [AJRD] has successfully tested its AR-22 booster rocket engine’s ability to re-fire 10 times within 10 days, a critical milestone needed for its use on Boeing’s [BA] Phantom Express reusable military space plane launch system, company officials said on Tuesday. The AR-22 was tested June 26-July 10 during which engineers were able to […]


L3 Acquires Space Mission Company Applied Defense Solutions

L3 Technologies [LLL] on Monday said it has acquired a software development and data analytics company that strengthens its work in space mission work for $50 million. Applied Defense Solutions (ADS), which is based in Maryland, is expected to contribute about $15 million in sales to L3 in 2018 and about $50 million in 2019. […]

The sunshield for the James Webb Space Telescope. (Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

NASA Delays Webb Telescope’s Launch To 2021

The often-delayed launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has slipped another 10 months based on the findings of an independent review board, NASA announced June 27. The launch, which was previously slated for May 2020, is now scheduled for March 30, 2021, the agency said. Former aerospace industry executive Tom Young, the review board’s chair, […]

Lt. Gen Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

MDA’s Greaves: Space-Based Interceptors Would Be A Big Change

The director of the Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday said adding space-based interceptors for missile defense “would require a significant change in national policy” and are expensive. He also noted the Poland Aegis Ashore site is about 18 months behind schedule and spoke approvingly of President Trump’s directive for a new Space Force. Speaking at […]

Randy Walden, head of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, speaks at the Air Force Association. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force’s B-21 Bomber Nears Key Design Review

The U.S. Air Force, which has been developing the B-21 Raider for almost three years, is on track to conduct a critical design review (CDR) by year’s end, a service official said June 25. “We are on our way to critical design review,” said Randy Walden, director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, which oversees the […]

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (Photo courtesy of Commerce Department)

Commerce Department Gearing Up For New Role In Space Situational Awareness

The U.S. Commerce Department, which the Trump administration recently tapped to replace the Department of Defense in providing space object tracking information to industry, expects to finish taking over its new role in about a year, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said June 22. Commerce plans to send “initial delegations” to Vandenberg Air Force Base in […]