The vote on Oct. 16 makes Barrett the third consecutive woman confirmed to lead the Air Force and its 685,000 airmen.
The winners are SpaceX, Xbow Launch Systems, Northrop Grumman, Firefly Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, Aevum, Vox Space and Rocket Lab.
Brig. Gen. Schiess: “We have to improve turnaround both with new technology and processes."
In a few months the Air Force will start a series of experiments to try to connect fighter aircraft and other weapon systems into a single network so they can all share critical data and intelligence, much of which is collected by satellites in space.
Thompson: A major concern is a misconception that the Space Force will set national space policy.
Boeing is asking the government to force a teaming arrangement with Northrop Grumman for the GBSD program.
Richard Branson headlines Air Force event, pitches Virgin Orbit’s capabilities for national security
Branson: “Hopefully that will be a deterrent to an enemy state to not knock out satellites if America has a capability to replace them within 24 hours."
Air Force nominee Barrett calls for assertive U.S. posture on space, says Space Force is a ‘key imperative’
Barrett voiced strong support for the Trump administration’s proposal to establish a Space Force.
Vector on Aug. 26 withdrew as the contractor for the Air Force Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON)-45 space lift mission.
The Senate Armed Services Committee scheduled a joint confirmation hearing on Thursday Sept. 12 for Barrett and for Ryan McCarthy, Army secretary nominee.
Roper: An independent acquisition office for space could create more problems than it would solve.
A change in the rhetoric about space is being accelerated in response to damaging media coverage about the Air Force suppressing speech.
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.