The Space Force announced SBIRS GEO-5 will launch May 17 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.
The Space Force wants an open platform to process and distribute data from missile-warning satellites so it's less dependent on the current prime contractor Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin announced Dec. 2 it has competed production of the fifth satellite of the Space Based Infrared System constellation.
Lockheed Martin will analyze the risks in the process of migrating a SBIRS geosynchronous satellite to the next-generation Enterprise Ground Services.
The five-year contract is to develop the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution, or FORGE.
The U.S. military is alerted of missile launches by geosynchronous and polar orbit satellites equipped with infrared sensors.
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.