A House defense spending panel has recommended $649 million less than the Pentagon requested next year for a newly created military space procurement account that includes eight major programs.
“It’s often a cliché, but transformation starts with a dramatic culture change. When I was in government and planning and programming for future Air Force Systems, many of today's advanced commercial options were unavailable," writes Intelsat General Corp.’s Myland Pride. “Those options are available now.”
The U.S. Defense Department is suggesting that the May 2013 launch of a Chinese rocket that it branded at the time as suspicious was a test of a technology designed to counter or destroy satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
Commercially focused satellite imagery firms that have emerged on a wave of Silicon Valley venture capital could gain a major U.S. government customer as early as 2017: the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
The House Armed Services Committee wants to quickly resurrect a shelved U.S. Missile Defense Agency concept to place several miniaturized kill vehicles atop a single interceptor to address a key weakness in the current U.S. missile shield.
Several highly anticipated U.S. Air Force studies aimed at helping the service plan its next-generation satellite systems are taking months if not years longer than expected, much to the frustration of senior Pentagon officials.
Faced with a perfect storm of looming coverage gaps and congressional skepticism of its long-term weather satellite strategy, the U.S. Air Force says it has decided to launch a long-stored legacy satellite despite an internal recommendation against doing so.
“Our nation faces a $16 trillion debt, and it only makes sense to evaluate and recommend changes or even terminate programs if they are not strategic or fiscally sound,” writes U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (R-N.M.). “ORS, however, is a program that makes perfect sense from both the monetary and military perspective.”
Europe’s Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket on April 26 successfully placed two telecommunications satellites – one military, one commercial – into geostationary transfer orbit, the Arianespace launch consortium said.
“It’s a competition that I wish wasn't occurring, but it is. And if we're threatened in space, we have the right of self-defense, and we’ll make sure we can execute that right,” Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command, told 60 Minutes in an interview that aired April 26.
The U.S. Air Force appears to have cooled on a space architecture concept that entails distributing capabilities across a larger number of satellite platforms.
The U.S. Air Force is studying the feasibility of a common ground system that would be available in the early 2020s to track and communicate with national security satellites, a move service leaders see as a way to save money, increase capability and improve responsiveness.
A House military space oversight panel recommends the U.S. Air Force go “back to the drawing board” on its next-generation polar-orbiting weather satellite program.