To fund next-gen OPIR, the Air Force would shift $93.2 million from 2019 accounts and $67.5 million from 2018 accounts.
SBIRS-4 has been declared fully operational. Next-gen OPIR has passed several design reviews.
The commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Lt. Gen. John Thompson, last week reminded lawmakers that hundreds of millions of dollars above what's in the budget are still needed to accelerate the schedule of the early warning satellite constellation known as next-gen OPIR, or overhead persistent infrared.
Bill LaPlante, MITRE: The NC3 system “has been studied a lot, its life has been extended as long as we could, and that’s where we are."
Maxar's exit has a silver lining: DARPA can and should repurpose the RSGS program to defined U.S. military satellites against attacks from supposedly peaceful Chinese and Russian robotic spacecraft.
In a new report on nuclear modernization, the Congressional Budget Office projects rising costs for airborne command centers and for early warning and communications satellites.
ExoTerra Resources LLC, a Littleton, Colorado, startup obtained a $1.5 million investment to further its campaign to develop solar electric propulsion systems for microsatellites.
The Air Force made the next-gen OPIR missile warning satellites one its top acquisition priorities to keep pace with adversaries’ advances in anti-satellite weapons.
An audit by the Defense Department’s inspector general office found security cracks in the supply chain of four critical military space programs.
The Air Force will use “rapid procurement authorities” in this program and is targeting the first next-generation OPIR launch in 2023.
The decision to sole-source the development of a new constellation further solidifies Lockheed Martin’s and Northrop Grumman's dominance.
Air Force to award contracts to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman for future missile-warning satellite constellation
The Air Force on Friday announced it will award two sole-source contracts to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman for the next-generation overhead persistent infrared program.
Will Roper: “I’m excited to be a part of space modernization."
"Other transactions authorities" allow the Air Force to go faster to prototyping.
For the space-based infrared SBIRS satellites 5 and 6, the Air Force says the per-unit cost went down 12 percent — from $1.9 billion to $1.6 billion.
What exactly will replace SBIRS remains to be seen. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson suggested the new system will be “simpler” and more survivable to enemy attacks.