SBIRS GEO-3 launched successfully aboard a ULA Atlas 5 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Jan. 20.
The launch of the Lockheed Martin-built satellite was originally scheduled for October but was pushed back to investigate an engine issue.
The National Reconnaissance Office is set to take over some weather missions from the Air Force after the House of Representatives voted Thursday to give the agency “the acquisition programs necessary to meet the national security requirements for cloud characterization and theater weather imagery."
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has transferred operations of a telescope designed to track objects in Earth orbit to the U.S. Air Force, ahead of a move of that telescope to Australia.
Defense Department and FAA officials foresee a gradual transition of space traffic management responsibilities from one agency to the other should the federal government decide to move head with such proposals.
Two dozen members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter supporting the ongoing SpaceX Falcon 9 investigation, a counterpoint to an earlier letter signed by other members critical of how that investigation is being handled.
A senior Pentagon official said the U.S. Air Force will need to rethink how it issues satellite collision warnings when a new space object tracking system goes online or risk overwhelming satellite operators and hardware systems with overly cautious alerts.
MAUI, Hawaii – The U.S. Air Force and Canada are partnering on a proposal for an upcoming space surveillance mission, a senior Defense Department official said Sept. 21.
The Air Force expects to release in October a formal solicitation fo…
Lockheed Martin has pushed back the delivery of the first satellite in the U.S. Air Force’s next generation of positioning, navigation and timing satellites by four months after discovering a problem with the navigation payload, the company said Sept. 14.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, who has led the Defense Department’s efforts to end reliance on a Russian rocket engine, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the Missile Defense Agency.
Despite two failures in a little more than one year, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 vehicle is not in immediate danger of losing its Air Force certification, a top Defense Department official said Sept. 13.
Last week’s unfortunate but spectacular on-pad pre-launch destruction of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher and its AMOS-6 commercial satellite payload, and the response over the coming weeks, offers an opportunity to illuminate philosophical differences between the commercial, civil, and national security communities in how they deal with such catastrophes.