Military could have truly low-cost launch market in five years — if government puts in the effort, experts say
Experts foresee at least four companies with low-cost reusable launch technology.
The service wants the new event to hone warfighter’s skills at operations, problem solving, and potential space conflict.
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center faces unique challenges because it uses an extensive array of ground systems - some decades old - to communicate with individual satellites.
"There is no question that space will be a contested domain in any future conflict," Heather Wilson said.
“Everybody agrees on the long term,” said William LaPlante, former Air Force assistant secretary for acquisition. But getting to those goals is the hard part.
It's the only one currently planned for the length of the so-called Wideband AoA, though the Pentagon will hold meetings with industry leadership
The SBIRS GEO Flight 3 spacecraft transmitted its first images back to Earth March 17, a milestone known as “first light.”
The Delta 4 carrying the Wideband Global Satcom 9 satellite lifted off at 8:18 EDT.
An open system is evaluating "how innovative are people being,” said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch.
Orbital ATK expects a “go/no-go decision” by early next year on an Air Force-funded program to develop a new large launch vehicle.
The launch was scheduled for March 8, carrying WGS-9, the Air Force’s next Wideband Global Satcom satellite.
During his campaign, President Trump called for more airplanes, more ships and more soldiers, but said little about bolstering the space capabilities these forces rely upon.