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SMDR for Mon., April 10, Vol. 17, Issue 8

Air Force Months Away From Standing Up New Space Officer Position

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--The Air Force is months away from standing up its new three-star deputy chief of staff for space (A-11) position, according to the service’s top space officer.Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) chief Gen. John Raymond said April 6 this new position does not have to wait for Air Force secretary nominee Heather Wilson…

AFSPC Chief Comfortable With Flying Military Payloads On Used Rockets

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--The Air Force’s top space officer is comfortable with the idea of flying military payloads on used rockets, granted they fulfill the normal military caveats for national security missions.“They’ve proven they can do it,” Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) chief Gen. John Raymond told reporters April 6 in regards to Space Exploration and…

Shotwell Says Rapid Turnaround Key To SpaceX Reusability Efforts

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Turning around a rocket and reflying as soon as possible is key to Space Exploration Technology Corp.’s (SpaceX) rocket reusability efforts, according to a key official.SpaceX Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said April 5 minimal refurbishment of engines is critical to rapid reusability. She said, in addition, the company must land the stage,…

International Cooperation Key For Space Agency Leaders

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Cooperation across borders was one of the main themes of the space agency leaders panel April 4 at the 33rd Space Symposium.The speakers, representing agenciesSS33_Poster_Large from countries across the globe, outlined some of their plans and concerns for the short-term future — but each stressed that progress can only be made with assistance…

Air Force Standing Up Three-Star Deputy Chief Of Staff For Space

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--The Air Force is standing up a new three-star deputy chief of staff for space position, according to the service’s top space officer.Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) chief Gen. Jay Raymond said April 4 the position would be based at the Pentagon. The Air Force also has a deputy chief of staff for…

Lockheed Martin Introduces Software System To Protect Space Assets

Lockheed Martin [LMT] on April 4 debuted the iSpace (intelligent Space) software system to protect assets and missions in space.iSpace will provide defense, civil, commercial, and international customers with sensor data processing, space domain awareness, command and control, and battle management capabilities in the space domain, the company said.The system’s software will task, process, and…

Made In Space To Demonstrate Archinaut In-Space Manufacturing Capability This Summer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--A growing new space company this summer will demonstrate an in-space assembly and manufacturing platform it believes will enables autonomous manufacture and assembly of spacecraft systems on orbit.Made in Space has been working on its Archinaut platform under a two-year, $19.1 million NASA contract, according to company CEO Andrew Rush. The NASA award…

Rocket Reusability, Earth Observation Highlight 33rd Space Symposium This Week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Rocket reusability, earth observation and big data promise to be hot topics at the 33rd Space Symposium, taking place starting April 4.Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) President Eric Stallmer told sister publication Defense Daily April 3 the aspects of Reusabilty--feasibility, practicality and how it will happen--will be the big talking point here at the…

SpaceX Sets Sights On Returning Falcon Heavy Upper Stage Following Used Booster Launch

Having successfully launched a used first booster in a mission for the first time, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is considering trying to land an upper stage from a Falcon Heavy demo flight for full reusability, according to company founder and CEO Elon Musk.Musk said March 31 on Twitter that the odds of successfully returning…

Bunch Warns Continuing Resolution Puts OCX At Further Risk

The Air Force would be forced to tell Raytheon [RTN] to stop work on OCX if Congress extends its continuing resolution (CR) through the rest of fiscal year 2017, according to a key officer.Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Military Deputy, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch testified March 29 that a…