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.
The U.S. Air Force is contemplating an expanded role for the rapid-response space development shop it proposed shuttering as recently as last year, but the service has yet to identify how it plans to fund the office beyond next year.
France’s long search for a European partner and co-investor in a next-generation optical reconnaissance satellite system has paid off with the agreement by Germany to help finance a third satellite in return for access to the full three-satellite system.
The White House’s nominee to lead the Defense Department told lawmakers that China could soon threaten the military’s space capabilities and that under his leadership the Pentagon would certify new companies to launch national security satellites “as quickly as possible.”
In a world where the United States is surrounded by those who wish us ill and vastly outnumber us, superior technology is our only hope.
The U.S. Air Force plans to spend $500 million over the next five years, with roughly $200 million to be committed in February, to develop a new liquid-fueled rocket engine to replace the Russian-made engine that currently launches many national security missions.
As part of his Senate confirmation process, President Obama’s pick to be the next U.S. secretary of defense submitted written answers to 328 questions, including 17 about space.
Delays on the ground segment for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation positioning, navigation and timing satellite system could prevent the detection of technology or design bugs in the spacecraft until as many as eight are already on orbit.
U.S. Defense Department concern about its ability to operate in what it calls an increasingly congested and contested space environment is evident in a 2016 budget request that seeks to accelerate the availability of key space surveillance and battle management capabilities.