Space intelligence platforms and space exploration

Air Force Certifies SpaceX for Missions, Ends Launch Monopoly

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Air Force Certifies SpaceX for Missions, Ends Launch Monopoly

The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX to launch military satellites, ending a Lockheed Martin Corp.-Boeing Co. joint venture’s decade-long monopoly on the business.

Pentagon Wants Missile Defense Upgrades, Not East Coast Site

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Pentagon Wants Missile Defense Upgrades, Not East Coast Site

DoD would rather invest in upgrading its existing sensors and kill vehicles to better spot and destroy ICBMs from North Korea or Iran than a new East Coast site.

Air Force to Team with Rocket Makers on New Engine

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Air Force to Team with Rocket Makers on New Engine

The U.S. Air Force wants to partner with rocket makers in developing a new propulsion system that could replace Russian-made technology used on existing boosters, officials said.

General: Failures May Disrupt Competitive Rocket Launches

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

General: Failures May Disrupt Competitive Rocket Launches

The general in charge of Air Force Space Command warned that failures may disrupt how the service buys rocket launches from competitive providers.

ULA Unveils ‘Vulcan’ Rocket to End Russian Dependence

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

ULA Unveils ‘Vulcan’ Rocket to End Russian Dependence

A Lockheed Martin Corp.-Boeing Co. joint venture has unveiled a new rocket called the Vulcan designed in part to end the firm’s dependence on Russian engines.

Pentagon Unveils Program to Help Build 6th Generation Fighter

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Pentagon Unveils Program to Help Build 6th Generation Fighter

The Pentagon is poised to unveil a new collaborative research program in the upcoming 2016 defense budget submission.

Air Force Launches Search for New Rocket Engine

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, September 12th, 2014

Air Force Launches Search for New Rocket Engine

The Air Force will meet with firms interested in developing a replacement to the Russian-made RD-180 engine that helps lift U.S. military and spy satellites into space.

Lockheed-Boeing Rocket Venture Replaces CEO

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Lockheed-Boeing Rocket Venture Replaces CEO

United Launch Alliance President and CEO Michael Gass, who served in the positions since the venture’s formation in 2006, has stepped down.

MH-17 Shoot Down Alters Air Force’s Space Equation

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

MH-17 Shoot Down Alters Air Force’s Space Equation

ULA’s dependence on Russian rocket engines seems to put the joint venture at risk as sanctions against Russian companies intensify.

Air Force Seeks $100 Million for Rocket Rivalry

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Air Force Seeks $100 Million for Rocket Rivalry

The U.S. Air Force’s top civilian said she wants $100 million in funding this year to hold a rocket launch competition.

Raytheon Wins FAB-T Deal, Loses Space Fence Bid

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Raytheon Wins FAB-T Deal, Loses Space Fence Bid

The defense contractor landed a sizable Air Force contract to develop communications terminals but lost a larger award with the service to build a so-called space fence.

ULA Blames SpaceX for Rocket Engine Spat

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

ULA Blames SpaceX for Rocket Engine Spat

While the Lockheed-Boeing joint venture said it wasn’t aware of any restrictions on sales of the RD-180, it put fault for the fiasco squarely on SpaceX.

McCain: Rocket Deal ‘Smacks of Cronyism’

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

McCain: Rocket Deal ‘Smacks of Cronyism’

Sen. John McCain, said the Air Force’s recent contract with a Lockheed-Boeing joint venture prevents potential new competitors from bidding for some of the work.

SpaceX Sues Air Force to Launch GPS Satellites

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, April 28th, 2014

SpaceX Sues Air Force to Launch GPS Satellites

The start-up rocket-maker headed by billionaire Elon Musk said it has sued the U.S. Air Force to open more satellite launches to competition.

Pentagon Builds Aegis Ashore MD Sites in Romania

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Pentagon Builds Aegis Ashore MD Sites in Romania

Following the 63rd successful hit-to-kill intercept for Aegis, DoD planners start work on building an Aegis Ashore site in Europe.

Aegis BMD System Intercepts Mock Warhead

By Kris Osborn on Friday, May 17th, 2013

Aegis BMD System Intercepts Mock Warhead

The MDA and the Navy’s Aegis BMD successfully intercepted a mock-warhead above the earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean May 15.

Pentagon budget trims missile defense

By Abraham D. Sofaer on Friday, April 12th, 2013

Pentagon budget trims missile defense

The Pentagon plans to spend $558 million, or 5.7 percent, less than the $9.72 billion it requested for this year despite the threats coming from North Korea.

Lockheed-Boeing may get rocket deal in May

By Abraham D. Sofaer on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Lockheed-Boeing may get rocket deal in May

Defense giants seek to reach a deal to sell the U.S. a bulk order of medium– and heavy-lift rockets next quarter.

Wagging the MEADS dog

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Wagging the MEADS dog

Lockheed Martin continues trotting out a stalled missile defense program, celebrating further milestones.

AF to step up space-junk tracking

By Philip Ewing on Monday, April 23rd, 2012

AF to step up space-junk tracking

CSAF says space-watching airmen well get better debris-tracking equipment by the end of the year.

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