OSP-4 is designed to accommodate payloads greater than 400 lbs. The Air Force projects it will procure about 20 missions over nine years.
Fair or not, rockets and satellites generally overshadow the ground systems they need to do their missions. But as the U.S. military looks for faster and cheaper ways to get data from satellites, ground systems are attracting growing attention.
To fund next-gen OPIR, the Air Force would shift $93.2 million from 2019 accounts and $67.5 million from 2018 accounts.
The anomaly was detected during a routine mission assurance check.
Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan: “Let’s unleash the space professionals."
Northrop Grumman will build two satellites for Space Norway, each equipped with payloads for Inmarsat, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense, and the U.S. Air Force.
A deep-rooted organization like SMC with more than 5,000 employees and a $7 billion budget is not going to change overnight, but it’s taking small steps.
Air Force officials see growing support for space on Capitol Hill and DoD despite ongoing leadership changes.
In a letter to President Trump, Stopher said he plans to return to the private sector.
RBC Signals, a startup creating a global network of satellite ground stations, aggressively pursuing and beginning to win government business, Ron Faith, RBC Signals president and chief operating officer, told SpaceNews.
The contract was awarded to SAIC on Jan. 31. Peraton filed a protest March 5.
HASC Chairman Adam Smith: “We have an agreement on an amendment" to create a space force or space corps.
The realignment does not affect the MUOS program. But any future narrowband satcom acquisition will be handled by the Air Force.
The House Appropriations Committee commended the Air Force’s launch procurement strategy for increasing competition and eliminating U.S. reliance on Russian rocket engines.