Air Force says having more than two launch contractors in Phase 2 puts missions at risk.
Tournear will be 'dual-hatted' as SDA acting director and assistant director for space at the office of the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering,
The contract was awarded to SAIC on Jan. 31. Peraton filed a protest March 5.
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center last month put out a call for industry ideas for a “Modular Enterprise Spacecraft Bus Procurement.”
The upcoming release of the Air Force RPF for launch services was a hot topic last week at the 35th Space Symposium
The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in partnership with the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit awarded Atlas Space Operations a contract to prototype an electronically steered antenna array to support Air Force multi-band, multi-mission requirements.
The question of how SMC is positioning itself for the future is gaining attention in light of the Pentagon’s decision to establish a Space Development Agency, which some view as a long-term existential threat to SMC.
From what we know so far about SDA’s intended mission — to bring cutting-edge commercial space technology into military space systems — this does not pose a direct threat to SMC, says one of its former commanders, retired Air Force Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski.
Aerospace CEO Isakowitz: The government traditionally buys a bus, payload and ground segment as a package, he said. That does not give you flexibility to swap out and change pieces.
WASHINGTON — Air Force buyers of space systems are cutting red tape and removing layers of oversight to expedite programs, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson said on Wednesday.
Wilson said the reorganization of the A…
Ryals suggested a Space Development Agency could be helpful in providing a single voice for military space requirements.
Aerojet Rocketdyne and the U.S. Air Force have revised an existing agreement supporting development of a new large rocket engine to include work on an updated version of an upper stage engine.