Small satellites and cubesats should not be viewed as a major contributor to congestion or in creating space debris in low earth orbit, at least based on recent history, a panel of experts here said Sept. 23.
The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee wants to withhold $18 million from the U.S. Air Force's 2017 budget until it provides a clearer plan for a new battle management system meant to help detect and respond to threats in space.
A long-awaited update to the hardware and software system that will allow the U.S. Air Force to ingest data from its new object tracking system, known as Space Fence, will not be ready until 2018, about 19 months later than previous estimates, an Air Force spokeswoman said April 11.
Raymond on space protection: “When aircraft started shooting down other aircraft, we didn’t stop flying planes”
Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for operations, explains how the Air Force is using space in its day-to-day operations and how the use of space is evolving with emerging threats from China and Russia.
The U.S. Air Force said Jan. 20 a Russian rocket body in geosynchronous orbit may have broken up and created at least 10 pieces of debris.
The U.S. Air Force has taken a lot of heat over the years for being slow to take full advantage of commercial space capabilities and deservedly so, but recent weeks have brought indications that this is changing. The latest evidence is the service’s recently announced contract with orbit-modeling software provider AGI for a one-year subscription to orbital data from the company’s Commercial Space Operations Center, or ComSpOC.
Space is becoming “congested, contested and competitive,” as the 2011 National Security Space Strategy report puts it. The time has come for responsible leadership within our industry and government to jointly develop strategies and policies to ensure our satellite launches and operations are conducted within a safe orbital environment.
U.S. Air Force Space Command plans to announce Sept. 14 that a new space operations center for the Pentagon and intelligence community will begin testing and experiments Oct. 1 at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, according to a document obtained by SpaceNews.
Two high-priority Defense Department initiatives to more closely monitor and manage space activity — the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System and the follow-on to the Space Based Space Surveillance system Block 10 satellite — could face delays.
The chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force said he does not envision the Defense Department relinquishing control of Air Force satellites.