Archive: Space

Air Force Takes Over DoD Commercial SATCOM Services From DISA

Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) has assumed responsibility for procuring the Pentagon’s commercial satellite communications, a role that has until now been handled by the Defense Information Systems Agency. With the Dec. 12 transfer of responsibility, AFSPC now oversees the acquisition of nearly all military and commercial SATCOM assets for the Defense Department, the command […]

First GPS III Satellite Packed Up in Payload Fairing for Scheduled Dec. 18 Launch

The Air Force’s first GPS III space vehicle (SV01) last week has been enclosed within its payload fairing in anticipation of a mid-December launch date. “Vespucci,” as the satellite is known, was encapsulated within a SpaceX-made payload fairing Dec. 7 at Astrotech Space Operations in California, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said […]

SpaceX Successfully Launches Largest Rideshare Mission

SpaceX on Monday morning successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 64 small spacecraft for Spaceflight Industries, the largest rideshare mission from a U.S. launch vehicle. The launch also featured the successful automated landing of the Falcon 9’s first stage, which was used for the third time, marking the first time the company has used […]

DoD Official Backs Space Force as Survey Shows Lack of Public Support

SIMI VALLEY, California – A senior Defense Department official emphasized Dec. 1 that a standalone Space Force would help the Pentagon maintain direction for efforts to remain competitive in the domain amid reports that a sixth military branch lacks public support. “Our idea is about focus,” Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord […]

NASA Selects Nine Companies To Compete For $2.6 Billion In Moon Deliveries

NASA on Thursday selected nine companies to compete for $2.6 billion in potential lunar commercial delivery services over the next 10 years, a key step toward long-term study and human exploration of the moon and eventually Mars. The U.S. companies are Astrobotic Technology, Inc., Deep Space Systems, Draper Laboratory, Firefly Aerospace, Inc., Intuitive Machines, LLC, […]

Air Force’s First GPS III Satellite Scheduled for Launch in Mid-December

The Air Force’s first GPS III satellite has been scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Dec. 18, the service’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) said Monday. The launch was previously scheduled for Dec. 15, but was pushed back to accommodate a NASA resupply mission to the International Space Station […]

Report Finds Space Force Could Cost Less than $3 Billion in New Funding

A new independent report released Monday asserts that it will take between $1.5 billion and $2.7 billion over five years to stand up some variation of a separate military branch dedicated to space, assuming the intelligence community is not included. Three potential scenarios for a new space-related military branch are laid out in the report, […]

Cyber Security Industry Leader Sees Satellites At Top Threat Vector

Satellite communications are the “number one threat vector” for cyber hackers in the world at the moment and it’s a space where the sector is also lacking in providers of cyber security solutions, Dave DeWalt, one of the cyber security industry’s leaders, said on Thursday. DeWalt, who was chairman and CEO of FireEye [FEYE] from […]

Shanahan: Space Force Budget Estimate Could Be Less Than $10 Billion

The Pentagon’s latest budget estimate for standing up a new separate Space Force could be less than $10 billion, the department’s number-two civilian told reporters Nov. 15. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at the Pentagon that the current budget estimate is “a single digit, not a double digit” in billions of dollars, adding “it […]