The White House’s 2017 budget request will build on the Pentagon’s $5.5 billion effort to protect national security satellites in space, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Feb. 2
The U.S. Air Force plans to request funding for its Operationally Responsive Space office for next year and beyond, providing a measure of budgetary stability for the rapid-response office for the first time in several years.
The U.S. Air Force is considering the early termination of United Launch Alliance’s $800-million-a-year launch capability contract after the company failed to bid on the service’s first competitive launch contract in a decade.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded its largest research contract yet – a $6.1 million deal for Boeing - as part of a broader effort to end reliance on a Russian rocket engine.
The U.S. Air Force has certified the latest version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, known as the Falcon 9 Upgrade, to launch national security satellites, according to a Jan. 25 press release.
As the U.S. Air Force develops a long-term weather satellite strategy, the service also is considering using commercial weather data to meet gaps in its forecasting capabilities.
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. Senate Armed Services committee will hold a hearing Jan. 27 on military space programs and the use of Russian rocket engines.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has narrowed the list of potential East Coast interceptor sites down to three locations, eliminating a base in Maine.
The head of the Missile Defense Agency said Jan. 19 the schedule for a new kill vehicle will be based on rigor and process, not hard deadlines.
Orbital ATK is developing a new intermediate to heavy-class rocket that could eventually compete with SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to launch national security satellites.
The long-delayed first satellite in the U.S. Air Force’s GPS 3 program has passed a key test, a top Lockheed Martin executive said Jan. 13.
The outcry that followed the Chinese military’s 2007 destruction of a weather satellite has helped dissuade the country from conducting similar debris-generating tests, a U.S. State Department official said.
The U.S. Air Force released a formal solicitation for companies to demonstrate their ability to build the next batch of GPS 3 satellites.