Space intelligence platforms and space exploration

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.

USAF: Space rocket costs could spike by 40 percent

By John Reed on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

USAF: Space rocket costs could spike by 40 percent

Space types are counting on a new rocket to help curtail big rocket fuel costs, a top commander says.

State, DoD endorse ‘space code of conduct’

By Philip Ewing on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

State, DoD endorse ‘space code of conduct’

Officials want space-faring nations to agree to play nice in orbit so that everyone can continue to use space safely.

NASA’s high hopes for the commercial space game

By Philip Ewing on Monday, October 31st, 2011

NASA’s high hopes for the commercial space game

Boeing announced Monday it’s moving into NASA’s old space shuttle digs to work on its new spacecraft.

The X-37’s uncertain fate

By Philip Ewing on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

The X-37’s uncertain fate

The Air Force’s space boss said he’d be open to a discussion on the future of its ultra-secret space plane.

AF gen: GPS, LightSquared ‘can’t coexist’

By Philip Ewing on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

AF gen: GPS, LightSquared ‘can’t coexist’

The Air Force’s space boss said his top priority is protecting GPS, and a proposed broadband network threatens it.

Broadband firm returns fire in GPS battle

By Philip Ewing on Monday, September 19th, 2011

Broadband firm returns fire in GPS battle

LightSquared said it isn’t the political puppet master it’s been made out to be in the battle over GPS interference.

The political storm clouds over GPS

By Philip Ewing on Thursday, September 15th, 2011

The political storm clouds over GPS

After the top Air Force space boss confirmed a proposed new network would effectively jam military GPS, a scandal appeared to be brewing.

Report: UTC mulls sale of rocket business

By Philip Ewing on Monday, July 25th, 2011

Report: UTC mulls sale of rocket business

United Technologies Corp. is said to be considering whether to sell off part of its rocket engine division, given the bleak prospects for the space market.

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