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Lawmakers urge DoD to locate Space Development Agency in New Mexico

In a letter to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, lawmakers point out New Mexico is home to dozens of space-focused government and private sector...

Air Force experiment NTS-3 could point the way to the next...

This article originally appeared in the March 11, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. The U.S. Global Positioning System — the constellation of military satellites that...

Shanahan pitches Space Force in Senate testimony

Shanahan mentioned space, hypersonic weapons and cyber warfare as three key areas that are getting more attention and resources. WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary...

Pegasus woes continue to delay NASA mission

WASHINGTON — A persistent problem with a Pegasus rocket will keep a long-delayed NASA space science mission on the ground until at least this...

Air Force laying groundwork for future military use of commercial megaconstellations

The Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office in December awarded SpaceX a $28 million contract to test over the next three years...

SpaceX launches satellites, moon mission on Falcon 9

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying an Indonesian communications satellite, an Israeli lunar lander and a U.S. Air Force smallsat launched Feb. 21...

Falcon 9 launch the final leg of Indonesian satellite’s roundabout journey

WASHINGTON — The Indonesian communications satellite that is SpaceX’s primary payload for its second Falcon 9 launch this year overcame a change of manufacturers...

Air Force smallsat to fly on upcoming Falcon 9 launch

WASHINGTON — An experimental Air Force small satellite intended to test space situational awareness technologies will be a secondary payload on the upcoming Falcon...

Stealth Assassins: Could the Air Force Arm F-35s with Laser Weapons?

Kris OsbornSecurity, The service anticipates having aircraft and fighter jet-fired lasers in operation as soon as the early 2020s, as mobile power systems and...

SpaceX launch MYSTERY: Elon Musk firm hints at RECORD-BREAKING launch target

Elon Musk’s ambition knows no bounds. The Tesla entrepreneur has already disrupted the electric car market. And his SpaceX project is slashing the cost...

Air Force official shakes things up at SMC

This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday,...

General Atomics’ acquisitions of smallsat companies bearing fruit

VP Nick Bucci: "Everyone is trying to get their arms around the concept of hosted payloads and understand how to best utilize it.” WASHINGTON...

The Air Force's 'Laser' Future: Firing Laser Weapons from F-35s, F-15s...

Kris Osborn Security, That could be the plan.  The Air Force's 'Laser' Future: Firing Laser Weapons from F-35s, F-15s and C-130s? Lasers for everyone in the Air Force?...

SpaceX wins $28.7M contract from Air Force for data connectivity research

SpaceX’s plan for global broadband satellite coverage calls for using sets of satellites orbiting at different altitudes. (PatentYogi via YouTube) More SpaceX has won a $28.7...

NASA looking to launch delayed space science missions in early 2019

WASHINGTON — NASA hopes to get two long-delayed space science missions launched in the first few months of 2019, one of which will go...

Ground segment getting more attention in military space programs, U.S. leaders...

LONDON — Building and launching spacecraft sometimes gets so much attention that the ground segment — user terminals, command and control systems and network...

Blue Canyon Technologies wins constellation contract

SAN FRANCISCO – Blue Canyon Technologies is evolving quickly. The Boulder, Colorado firm that started off selling attitude control systems and now builds and operates...

Air Force launches $100K challenge for ‘space awareness innovators’

The Air Force Visionary Q-Prize competition is set to run from Oct. 29 through Jan. 15, 2019. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force and the...

Top Pentagon official Mike Griffin proposes new space agency that ‘disrupts’...

WASHINGTON — Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin is recommending that the Pentagon create a Space Development Agency to take over...

Government agencies prepare for piggyback flights, secondary payloads

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 10, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Ten years after then-U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne called for maximizing...

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