Orbital ATK Inc. has won a $23.6 million contract to launch a small space surveillance satellite for the Air Force’s rapid response space office in 2017.
The U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in preparation for a scheduled August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.
At least one entity within the broader national security community isn’t moving quickly enough to make military satellite constellations less vulnerable, at least for the likes of one top intelligence official.
The U.S. Air Force in April rejected a congressional request to consider holding a competition for the launch of a missile warning satellite, saying the contract will go to its incumbent launch services provider, United Launch Alliance.
The chairman the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee wants the U.S. Air Force and launch industry to focus narrowly on replacing the Russian-made main engine on United Launch Alliance’s workhorse Atlas 5 rocket, as opposed to investing in various launch vehicle technologies.
The U.S. Defense Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are planning a second space traffic management center to serve as a backup to the existing facility in light of what government officials say are rising threats from China and Russia.
The Geoint 2015 Symposium featured the usual heavy hitters including the directors of the National Reconnaissance Office and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency plus a number of other speakers and sessions of interest to a space-focused audience.
The deputy commander of Strategic Command said June 16 he could envision transitioning the duties currently performed by its Joint Space Operations Center to another organization, in much the same way that air traffic management is handled by the FAA.
The White House has threatened to veto the defense spending bill for 2016 over provisions in the House version that the administration says are “gimmicks” being used to pay for a several programs, including missile warning satellites, that otherwise would be subject to congressionally imposed federal spending caps.
A new category of space-based protected tactical communications passed an important test in April. Intelsat General participated in tests led by the U.S. Air Force that validated the protected tactical waveform (PTW) modem performance over the upcoming high-throughput satellite (HTS) Intelsat EpicNG platform.
Following the lead of its House counterpart, the Senate Appropriations Committee is recommending no funding next year for the U.S. Air Force’s legacy weather satellite program, casting doubt on the service’s plan to launch the last spacecraft in the long-running series.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Pentagon are studying the organization’s long-term need for sensors that detect ballistic missiles, a move that could help determine the size of the agency’s missile-tracking satellite constellation in the 2020s.
U.S. lawmakers continue to push for an East Coast interceptor site to defend against long-range ballistic missiles, but top Pentagon officials want the Missile Defense Agency to focus on other priorities first.
The U.S. Air Force issued a solicitation June 2 for an American-made rocket propulsion system to help end reliance on the Russian-built rocket engine used today to launch most national security payloads