French President Francois Hollande’s affirmation that intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance would be top priorities after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris comes at a time when France’s already-stressed defense budget is committed to major capital spending on three space programs.
Japan is planning to expand its fleet of reconnaissance satellites as part of an effort to improve the nation’s monitoring of North Korea and the Chinese navy. The move comes as Japan strengthens its military ties with the United States.
The ground system for the Air Force’s GPS satellites recently received a software update and security upgrade under a two-year-old contract with Lockheed Martin.
With images like these, it's no wonder California — not to mention the Twittersphere — freaked out Saturday evening when an unannounced test of a submarine-launched Trident missile lit up the evening sky.
Twelve years ago, Britain revolutionized the process of purchasing military satellite telecommunications by outsourcing it all to the private sector. Now it appears about to return to conventional procurement for its follow-on satellites.
The decision comes after years of allied complaints, especially from nations that had purchased U.S.-built Joint Strike Fighter aircraft on the assumption that they would be fitted with MUOS communications pods.
The first flight of an experimental launch system for small satellites ended in failure Nov. 3. The U.S. Air Force’s rail-launched Super Strypi rocket, packed with more than a dozen small satellites, roared toward the sky but failed less than a minute into the long-awaited flight.
A proposed U.S. Air Force weather satellite that service leaders said in March could launch as early as 2018 to help plug the gap between the current system and a new-generation capability is now scheduled to launch in 2021, the service said in a report to Congress.
Intelsat General, Northrop Grumman, Stinger Ghaffarian and Kratos express interest in handling the operation and maintenance of the U.S. Air Force’s Wideband Global Satcom communications satellites.
Three Colorado lawmakers have urged senior government officials to use rapid acquisition authority to expedite a new space operations center in their state.
U.S. lawmakers authorize $40 million next year for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program but restrict access to the funding until senior Defense Department officials can demonstrate that launching the final satellite in the series is the best and most affordable option.
Harris’ contract is being folded into the broader Consolidated AFSCN Modifications, Maintenance and Operations (CAMMO) contract expected to be awarded in the coming weeks
The request for information is one of the first steps to commercialize some of the service’s satellite operations and transfer others to a new common ground system.
For stakeholders in the U.S. government space enterprise, the most important agenda item for Congress is passing a budget for the new fiscal year that will keep high-priority programs on track. Unfortunately, an uglier scenario — budgetary chaos — is looming.
All new satellites built for the U.S. Air Force must be compatible with an experimental ground system that was designed primarily for research missions and is viewed as a steppingstone to a common ground architecture for major operational constellations, a senior service official said.