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In response to concerns about its launch procurement strategy, the Air Force asked RAND to conduct an independent analysis of the heavy lift launch market.
The National Security Launch Architecture is not a traditional launch market study but a more comprehensive look at what capabilities commercial players could bring to the military for future space operations.
David Shahady, who directs the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, spoke with SpaceNews about Air Force Space Pitch Day and about the Air Force’s SBIR program.
Raymond: “We do have a plan to rename the principal Air Force bases that house space units to be space bases."
On the wish list for the next round of SBIR bids are technologies for operations far beyond geosynchronous Earth orbit, near the moon's orbit.
Barrett said the Air Force is reviewing the NDAA conference agreement and discussing next steps
L3Harris, Northrop Grumman win contracts to connect Air Force hardware with commercial space broadband
The contracts are the latest awarded under a project called Defense Experimentation Using the Commercial Space Internet
Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting said the transfer of space traffic management responsibilities can't happen until Commerce gets the necessary resources.
Will Roper said an extended CR is especially damaging for space "where we are trying to build systems to be survivable."
The Air Force wants to work with multiple satcom providers that are currently building LEO constellations
GAO said the Air Force Space C2 program requires more oversight from the Defense Department.