Officials are working on a transition plan to transfer commercial imagery acquisition from NGA to NRO in fiscal year 2019.
Air Force and NRO leaders emphasized their close ties at the 34th Space Symposium here and offered proof the relationship is helping them share capabilities.
NRO aims to move fast by relying on commercial products, expanding internal research and development
“Commercial space will be fully leveraged in satisfying user needs and fully considered in the development of every future space system,” said NRO Director Betty Sapp. “Just as we do in other areas, we want to design only what we must and buy everything that we can.”
The Trump administration has identified representatives of the various government agencies who will serve on the National Space Council, which is likely to hold its first meeting “very, very shortly,” Greg Autry, the administration’s former NASA liaison, said Aug. 30.
The company successfully landed the first stage booster after fairing separation of the NRO payload.
An issue with a first stage sensor delayed launch of NROL-76.
When members of Donald Trump’s transition team visited the National Reconnaissance Office, they were so impressed by the intelligence organization’s innovation that they asked NRO Director Betty Sapp, “What do you need to go faster?”
NROL-79 took off at 12:50 pm Eastern from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on ULA’s 21st mission for the intelligence agency.
Former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, nominated to be the director of national intelligence, said he was "shocked" to learn India had deployed 104 satellites from a single rocket.
The Atlas 5 401 is scheduled to launch at 12:50 p.m. Eastern March 1 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Orbital ATK a $29.2 million fixed-price contract to launch a Minotaur 1 rocket on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) within the next 24 months, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced Dec. 8
The National Reconnaissance Office is set to take over some weather missions from the Air Force after the House of Representatives voted Thursday to give the agency “the acquisition programs necessary to meet the national security requirements for cloud characterization and theater weather imagery."