United Launch Alliance intends to phase out all but the heavy-lift version of its Delta 4 rocket as early as 2018 as it seeks to sharpen its competitiveness in the face of a challenge by SpaceX.
The U.S. Air Force is planning to modify its current contracting vehicle for launching its mostly experimental small- and medium-class payloads due to a hiatus in activity that is expected to last for at least a third consecutive year.
A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
The new U.S. law barring the Air Force from using Russian-made rocket engines starting in 2019 could force the Defense Department’s primary launch services provider to battle for future military business with its least competitive product.
The U.S. Air Force is looking to bolster the protection of its wideband communication satellites as interference and deliberate jamming become more commonplace and problematic.
China’s continued testing of anti-satellite capabilities has led U.S. military planners to conclude that Beijing intends to deploy these weapons operationally, effectively putting U.S. space systems under constant threat.
Japan's new space policy's focus on security is a shift from its earlier policy that emphasized the peaceful use of outer space, borne out of a resolution passed in Diet in 1969.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency hopes to start as many as five new space development programs next year in areas including space threat awareness and satellite propulsion technology.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently released this 2.5-minute animation to showing how it plans to launch microsatellites quickly and economically with the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program.
The U.S. Air Force is growing increasingly concerned that the $1.6 billion ground system for its next-generation GPS satellites will not be ready when needed and is putting a backup plan in motion.
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Feb. 13 she expects an initial report in March detailing the tasks still standing between SpaceX and its long-sought certification to launch national security payloads.