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Aegis Ashore Launches Standard Missile For the First Time

The land version of the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile System planned for installation in Europe has completed its first test firing of a Standard Missile interceptor against a simulated target, the Pentagon said on May 21. The Pentagon is developing the Aegis Ashore system as part of NATO’s overall missile defense plan for Europe, with […]

RD-180 Study Report Says Impacts From Loss Significant, Options Limited

Impacts from a loss of the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine are significant and action must be taken during fiscal year 2014 to mitigate those impacts, according to a key Defense Department report. The summary from the key RD-180 study panel convened by DoD suggests issuing an acquisition decision memorandum (ADM) directing the development of a […]

Air Force Successfully Launches NROL-33

The Air Force on May 22 successfully launched the satellite NROL-33 for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, according to launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA). The mission took place on an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 401 configuration vehicle, which includes a four-meter-diameter payload fairing. The Atlas V rocket […]

Air Force Defends Handling Of Launch Range Infrastructure

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A top Air Force official defended the service’s handling of its launch range infrastructure after a tracking radar issue in March delayed the launch of a spy satellite 16 days. “If you look at the history of how many times has the range been the culprit in slipping the launch, I think […]

U.K. Wants Increased SATCOM Sharing Arrangement With U.S., Shelton Says

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –The United Kingdom would like to increase its level of satellite communications (SATCOM) partnership with the United States, though nothing has been formalized, according to the head of the U.S.’ space efforts. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) chief Gen. William Shelton told reporters May 20 here at the National Space Symposium the United […]

Lockheed Martin To Provide Launch Services For First Commercial Earth Observation Satellite

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said May 22 its commercial launch division will provide launch services for DigitalGlobe [DGI] as it sends the first super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite for earth observation to space on Aug. 13.  DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite will be carried aboard an Atlas V rocket. The launch had been previously set for August, but no provider had […]

U.S. Expects Some COSMIC-2 Satellites To Launch In 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States and Taiwan expect to launch six COSMIC-2 weather satellites into low-inclination orbits in late 2015 and another six into high-inclination orbits in early 2018, according to the COSMIC-2 program office. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (AFSMC) chief Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski discussed COSMIC-2 (Constellation Observing System for […]

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Defense Watch

Colorado Bill. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs a bill into law May 20 that allows companies that produce multi-million dollar satellites to store the equipment in Colorado without being taxed with the goal of encouraging companies to bring more investment and projects to the state. The bill, known as the Sales and Use Tax […]

MEADS System Achieves Full Certification For Identifying Friend Or Foe Aircraft

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) subsystem has received full certification for operation by the U.S. Department of Defense, prime contractor MEADS International said this week.  The system is designed to ensure the safety of allied aircrews engaged in combat operations, MEADS International said in a statement. MEADS International […]