Gen. John Hyten, the head of U.S. Strategic Command, said the nation must take risks and learn from what doesn't work, both in space and with nuclear deterrence.
The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) is designed to intercept and destroy missiles during the midcourse of their trajectory through space.
The announcement adds to the $1.86 billion Lockheed won in 2014 to build the fifth and sixth geostationary satellites for the Air Force’s Space-Based Infrared System.
The SBIRS GEO Flight 3 spacecraft transmitted its first images back to Earth March 17, a milestone known as “first light.”
U.S. near-peer adversaries such as China and Russia have incentives to remain peaceful in orbit. They may not want to create debris for fear of damaging their own satellites, or disrupt position, navigation, and timing services that they also use.
Aerojet Rockedtyne said Feb. 22 that it has agreed to buy Coleman Aerospace from L3 Technologies for $15 million in cash.
The SM-3 Block 2A interceptor is a bigger and more capable version of the Raytheon-built SM-3 Block 1A and 1B interceptors.
SBIRS GEO-3 launched successfully aboard a ULA Atlas 5 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Jan. 20.
The launch of the Lockheed Martin-built satellite was originally scheduled for October but was pushed back to investigate an engine issue.
As the U.S. military works on developing its next-generation missile defense systems, more of the resources need to be focused in space, experts said Dec. 14.
A new missile co-developed by the United States and Japan is expected to face its first intercept test this October, the head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said Aug. 17.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded the Utah State University Research Foundation a contract to continue to research, develop and build state-of-the-art space-based sensors, according to an Aug. 16 announcement from the Pentagon.
Space is the place for a variety of missile defense tasks — including launch detection, tracking, discrimination, intercept, and kill assessment.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency exercised a contract option with Raytheon worth $523 million to build 47 Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block 1B interceptors, according to an Aug. 2 announcement from the Pentagon.
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.