The U.S. Air Force is focused on information technology, cybersecurity and small satellites to enhance weather capabilities in the near term rather than a new generation of large, sophisticated spacecraft to replace the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.
The Common Ground Station 2.0 already is retrieving satellite data from a new ground station at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in addition to the ground station in Svalbard, Norway, that NASA and NOAA relied on in the first generation of the Common Ground System.
DigitalGlobe’s selection of Raytheon Space Systems to manufacture high-resolution imagers for the WorldView Legion constellation shows Raytheon is making headway in its effort to use expertise honed through decades of government work to attract commercial customers.
Following an acknowledgment of another deployment extension for the GPS 3 ground control network, the U.S. Air Force publicly and forcefully called on contractor Raytheon to put the program back on track.
Raytheon’s long-embattled ground control system for GPS is back on track following a government contract breach last year that prompted the U.S. Air Force to work with the company to revise the program’s budget and schedule, the program manager said.
The SM-3 Block 2A interceptor is a bigger and more capable version of the Raytheon-built SM-3 Block 1A and 1B interceptors.
The Pentagon gave the go-ahead to continue work on the troubled GPS ground system, saying that the restructured program is making progress on key milestones.
Harris Corp. on Sept. 28 said it delivered the first of 34 modernized satellite receivers to Raytheon for the next-generation GPS ground system Raytheon is developing for the U.S. Air Force.
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 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.
Tuesday's briefing begins with DoD’s top acquisition official saying meeting on the troubled GPS ground control system produced a "mixed bag" of results.
The U.S. Air Force said June 30 that a next-generation ground system to control GPS satellites is critically over budget and has triggered a cost-control measure that presumes the program to be cancelled unless the Secretary of Defense certifies it should continue.
Pentagon leaders say a new ground system for the next-generation of GPS satellites, one that has stymied Air Force officials and led to expensive cost overruns, is the Defense Department’s most troubled acquisition program.
Frustrated with progress on a new ground system for the next-generation of GPS satellites the Pentagon hopes to start launching just over a year from now, the U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $96 million contract modification Feb. 4 to adapt the existing ground system to serve as a stop-gap measure.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said it held a successful flight test of its ground-based interceptor on Jan. 28, as part of an effort to correct long-standing problems with the missile’s kill vehicle.