The launch of an Air Force missile warning satellite didn't go as planned Thursday as technical and range issues scrubbed the launch for a day.
The launches include Atlas 5, Delta 4, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches, as well as a Minotaur 4.
The launch of the Lockheed Martin-built satellite was originally scheduled for October but was pushed back to investigate an engine issue.
The prominent launch company announced an Air Force mission will be its first 2017 launch
The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center has cleared the third missile-warning Space Based Infrared System satellite for launch following an investigation into the satellite’s engine.
A thruster issue will delay the launch of a missile warning satellite until at least January.
The U.S. Air Force has indefinitely pushed back the Oct. 3 launch of a Lockheed Martin-built missile warning satellite after a supplier told the company that one of its components “experienced an anomaly” on an unspecified satellite.
Lockheed Martin on July 20 reported lower revenue and operating profit at its Space Systems division for the six months ending June 26 despite a large profit contribution by launch-service provider United Launch Alliance (ULA).
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 U.S. Defense Department plans to decide the future makeup of two of the Air Force’s most valuable satellite programs before the year's end, the Pentagon’s acquisition czar said Feb. 22.
Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, spoke to the Washington Space Business Roundtable Feb. 23, offering insight into how the U.S. Defense Department is approaching some of the military space community’s long-standing concerns.
The U.S. Air Force expects to launch an experimental missile-warning satellite in 2018 or 2019, about two years later than the timeline service officials used last January.
For the first time, the service has simultaneously controlled all of its primary space-based missile warning assets with a single ground system.
According to the U.S. Air Force, a SBIRS missile-warning satellite still under construction will launch ahead of one that’s already finished.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, California, shipped a missile warning sensor May 14 for integration aboard a classified satellite that will operate in highly elliptical orbit, U.S. Air Force officials said in a June 16 press release.