ULA and SpaceX will split six national security launches planned for 2021 to 2022, the Air Force announced Feb. 19.
SPD-4 gives the Pentagon the official go-ahead to send a proposal to the White House recommending the establishment of a separate military branch for space.
DoD wants space sensors that can be counted on to work even in adverse conditions like solar activity, radiation belts and orbital debris.
An experimental Air Force small satellite intended to test space situational awareness technologies will be a secondary payload on the upcoming Falcon 9 launch of a commercial communications satellite and lunar lander.
Bill LaPlante, MITRE: The NC3 system “has been studied a lot, its life has been extended as long as we could, and that’s where we are."
In a departure from Chile’s previous plan to order an upgraded replacement for its sole reconnaissance satellite, the air force is now looking at whether it can acquire partial control of a more advanced satellite of the caliber Maxar’s DigitalGlobe division operates.
New report from the Defense Intelligence Agency says the Chinese and Russian militaries rely on space systems to command and control forces worldwide.
Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Calvert asked Secretary Heather Wilson to "review how the Air Force intends to maintain assured access to space while preserving maximum competitive opportunities for all certified launch providers."
The Air Force is looking to attract startups and commercial businesses to pitch ideas to the military. But Roper acknowledged the Air Force has to do a better job at this.
With the introduction of cost-effective wideband commercial communication satellites, satellite operator are rapidly transforming the technical and business models of legacy fixed services to offer SATCOM as a Service approaches pioneered by trusted mobile satellite operators.
U.S. combatant commanders urgently need to solve pressing problems in Earth observation, missile warning and position, navigation and timing, said Chuck Finley, former technical director of the Operational Responsive Space and its successor the Air Force Space Rapid Capabilities.
The roaming test was part of an Air Force pilot project that is looking at ways to use commercial satellite services to lower the cost and increase the resiliency of military communications.
Cardillo: The future is about automation. We estimated we would have to hire six million analysts to exploit all the imagery we’re getting.
Maxar's exit has a silver lining: DARPA can and should repurpose the RSGS program to defined U.S. military satellites against attacks from supposedly peaceful Chinese and Russian robotic spacecraft.