Weather has pushed back the Atlas 5 launch of a U.S. Navy mobile communications satellite that had been scheduled for Monday morning.
The chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force said he does not envision the Defense Department relinquishing control of Air Force satellites.
The U.S. Army’s efforts to field a rocket for launching small, low-orbiting satellites on short notice continue to come up empty.
The head of U.S. Air Force Space Command is pressing ahead with an initiative to commercialize some of the service’s satellite operations and move others to a new common ground system.
The head of Air Force Space Command said Aug. 10 that while he sees clear benefits to small satellite systems, he expects the military to follow the lead of commercial developments.
The U.S. Air Force may need to guarantee SpaceX and United Launch Alliance a set number of national security launches if the service hopes to have to two financially viable families of rockets available in the future, according to a report completed in April.
The U.S. Air Force contends United Launch Alliance needs as many as 22 RD-180 rocket engines to compete against SpaceX for dozens of national security launches that start going out for bid later this year, according to a U.S. senator.
Airbus Defense and Space on July 24 said it has begun moving the Skynet 5A military telecommunications satellite from its 6 degrees east slot to 94.8 degrees east over the Asia Pacific, where it is expected to begin operations late this year.
The U.S. Air Force has seven aging Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft in orbit that are susceptible to the kind of explosive battery rupture that destroyed the 20-year-old DMSP-F13 in February, producing more than 100 trackable pieces of orbital debris.
The U.S. Air Force has asked Congress to reprogram $100 million in 2015 funding to launch the final satellite in the service’s legacy weather satellite program, just weeks after the House and Senate recommended permanently shelving the hardware.
Orbital ATK has won a $23.6 million contract to launch a small space-surveillance satellite for the Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space Office aboard a Minotaur 4 rocket in 2017.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford said the protection of the military's satellites should be a higher national security priority.
Blue Origin continues to have the upper hand in a competition with Aerojet Rocketdyne to build a new engine for United Launch Alliance’s next-generation rocket, ULA chief executive Tory Bruno said.
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 explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket undercuts the hard-charging company just as it appeared ready to grab a share of the lucrative U.S. military launch market.
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 U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a $152 million contract June 18 to continue supporting one of the service’s primary space surveillance satellites.
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.