The U.S. Air Force would have access to as many as 18 Russian RD-180 rocket engines under a bill the House Armed Services Committee approved April 28.
A draft version of a House policy bill would authorize $3 million for the Air Force to determine if commercial weather data could help meet a wide-range of Defense Department weather requirements.
The House Armed Services Committee is set to take up an authorization bill this week that would insist the Pentagon invest in a new main stage engine — not an upper stage engine, strap-on motors or launch vehicles as the Air Force has planned — as the cornerstone of its effort to wean itself from the Russian RD-180 rocket engine.
The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee wants to withhold $18 million from the U.S. Air Force's 2017 budget until it provides a clearer plan for a new battle management system meant to help detect and respond to threats in space.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s first commercially hosted payload is now expected to launch in mid-2017, nine months later than the date officials used when they discussed the program in March 2015.
The U.S. House subcommittee that provides oversight to military space matters wants to re-assign some of the Air Force’s space weather duties to the National Reconnaissance Office.
The head of Air Force Space Command said he believes U.S. launch companies should be able to buy rocket motors from decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missiles to power commercial launches, but at a price that would not put the rest of the commercial small launch industry at a disadvantage.
The U.S. Air Force is using a little-discussed satellite that launched in 2014 as part of ongoing experiments that look at how the Defense Department and intelligence community would act during a war in space.
A long-awaited update to the hardware and software system that will allow the U.S. Air Force to ingest data from its new object tracking system, known as Space Fence, will not be ready until 2018, about 19 months later than previous estimates, an Air Force spokeswoman said April 11.
United Launch Alliance announced April 8 that it has indefinitely delayed the next launch of its Atlas 5 rocket after the most recent launch of a Cygnus cargo spacecraft included a premature shutdown of the first stage engine.
Lockheed Martin has built a scaled-down version of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation space surveillance system in New Jersey as a way to test hardware and software for the Space Fence, the company announced March 28.
Raymond on space protection: “When aircraft started shooting down other aircraft, we didn’t stop flying planes”
Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for operations, explains how the Air Force is using space in its day-to-day operations and how the use of space is evolving with emerging threats from China and Russia.
The Air Force has stopped trying to recover a two-year-old weather satellite after operators lost the ability to command the spacecraft last month, an Air Force spokesman said March 24.
A top Lockheed Martin space executive said the Air Force might need to build two more protected communications and two more missile-warning satellites as it transitions to next-generation architectures for both programs.
The Pentagon will spend $2 billion on space control measures this year to counter emerging threats to its national security satellites, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said March 22.