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Trump seeks $15.4 billion for U.S. Space Force in 2021 budget

The $15.4 billion request continues to fund programs that were managed by the Air Force but the budget was developed with strong input from...

Boeing to deliver WGS-11 communications satellite to U.S. Air Force by...

Boeing in April received a $605 million contract for the production of the WGS-11 satellite that Congress funded in 2018. WASHINGTON — Boeing will deliver...

GAO: DoD has no clear plan to acquire satellite-based wideband communications

DoD should “develop a plan to guide implementation of the Wideband AOA recommendations,” said the Government Accountability Office. WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office says...

Air Force projects increased launch activity for 2020

Launch director Bongiovi says anywhere from eight to 11 national security launches could take place in 2020 LOS ANGELES — At least twice as many...

WGS-10 communications satellite accepted into operational constellation

Boeing verified the performance of WGS-10 and handed control of the satellite to the Air Force on July 10. WASHINGTON — U.S. Space Command on...

Boeing marketing its small GEO satellite to international governments

Potential customers include partner countries of the U.S. government's WGS constellation. WASHINGTON — Boeing is hoping to sign up international buyers for its new...

Air Force reviewing Boeing’s bid for WGS-11, projects satellite could be...

The deal reached in April was an “undefinitized contract action” which means that many of the details have not been agreed to. WASHINGTON — The...

Dickinson reorganizes Army space command as he prepares move to U.S....

Lt. Gen. Dickinson: Army has 'a very important role' in space operations. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command is standing up...

GEO satellite orders are up, but full rebound remains to be...

Commercial orders of geostationary communications satellites have reached double-digits for the first time since 2016, but a return to former buying rates remains unlikely,...

Airbus to build trio of Inmarsat-7 satellites

WASHINGTON — Inmarsat on May 30 announced an order with Airbus Defence and Space to build three satellites using a serial production method that...

Navy to transfer satellite communications responsibilities to Air Force

The realignment does not affect the Mobile User Objective System constellation. Any future narrowband satcom programs will be handled by the Air Force. WASHINGTON —...

House appropriators suggest Navy and Air Force should merge satellite communications...

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,...

Satcom conumdrum: Air Force contemplating right mix of commercial, military satellites

This article originally appeared in the May 6, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Executives from satellite operators Eutelsat, Hughes, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium Communications, SES, Viasat,...

Boeing awarded $605 million Air Force contract for WGS-11 communications satellite

The WGS-11 satellite is being funded with money that Congress inserted into the fiscal year 2018 budget for satellites the Air Force never intended...

Air Force just months away from completing SMC 2.0 reorganization

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,...

Air Force launches WGS-10 communications satellite

This was the second to last mission for the Delta 4 medium. ULA will retire the vehicle later this summer after the launch of...

Air Force prepares to launch WGS-10 as negotiations with Boeing continue...

The process of contracting for WGS-11 and WGS-12 hit unexpected snags after Congress added $600 million for the satellites but no money for launches....

Commercial satellite roaming possible with existing military terminals, experiment shows

The Pentagon is looking to make its communications systems more resilient against interference or hostile jamming. One way to do that is to allow...

Pentagon space budget is on an upward trend. How long can...

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 21, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. When it comes to military space issues, the Pentagon and Congress have...

Air Force to accelerate deployment of anti-jam satellite communications equipment

The Air Force is developing software and ground equipment to boost the protection of the Wideband Global satcom system. First in line for the...

U.S. Air Force releasing more data on orbits of military satellites

WASHINGTON — As the Commerce Department works on plans to take over civilian space traffic management responsibilities, the U.S. Air Force is making more...

Satellite industry seeks answers on future direction of military satcom

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,...

U.S. imposes new rules on state-owned Chinese media over propaganda concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Tuesday said it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with U.S. operations the...
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