Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall is asking Congress to authorize a new assistant secretary for space acquisitions before the Oct. 1, 2022, date that was set in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
Voyager Space announced Oct. 4 it has acquired Valley Tech Systems, a company that developed solid-fueled propulsion for long-range missiles, as well as signal processing and geolocation technologies for the U.S. military.
Despite a medley of organizations overseeing space procurements, the Space Force and the intelligence community have stood up a coordinating group to make sure there is “unity of effort,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, commander of the Space Systems Command.
Kendall reorganizes Space Force acquisition office, wants faster merger with Space Development Agency
Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall announced Aug. 24 he is reorganizing the office that oversees Space Force acquisition programs.
President Biden intends to nominate defense procurement expert Andrew Hunter to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics.
President Biden has nominated the deputy director of the NRO Maj. Gen. Michael Guetlein for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as commander of the U.S. Space Force Space Systems Command.
Gen. David Thompson said a shift to buying commercially provided space services is going to take time and will require a cultural adjustment.
Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit, was nominated by President Biden to serve as undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.
Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) wants the Biden administration to put pressure on the Space Force to clean up its procurement act.
Gen. John Raymond said the Space Force is close to finalizing the layout of its future acquisitions command, a large organization that will consolidate multiple agencies that currently operate independently.
Ansys announced Oct. 26 it intends to acquire space data services provider Analytical Graphics Inc. for $700 million.
The Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center will test the use of digital engineering in three satellite programs.
Gen. David Thompson said the new Space Systems Command will be established sometime in 2021
Industry executives said space capabilities can’t be achieved with a single product or by a single company.
The Space and Missile Systems Center needs a digital workflow system for the development of classified early-warning and communications satellites.
A point of contention is the Air Force proposing "incremental" funding for space systems like satellites
The traditional way of buying satellites and other space systems is problematic, Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, the leader of the U.S. Space Force has said, as programs take a decade or longer to move through the military acquisition process and struggle to keep up with commercial space innovation.
Defense committee says not having a senior civilian acquisition executive for space is a “fundamental problem."
Voyager is acquiring Pioneer Astronautics, a company that develops technologies to make human life sustainable in outer space.
The committee is concerned that the Air Force’s recommendations “risk undermining congressional oversight of major space acquisition programs.”