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Key Northrop Grumman OmegA Rocket Test Succeeds, Despite Hiccup

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Successful OmegaA test keeps the program on the path towards a 2021 first launch and a crack at the Air Force’s hotly contested national security launch program. 

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USG Launch Revenue Soars 50% In 2018: Satellite Industry Association

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“Much of the excitement surrounding the ‘new space age’ is centered on recent innovations and growth seen in the commercial satellite industry,” said Tom Stoup, president of the Satellite Industry Association. 

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The Air Force Launch Plan Must Work

Posted by Peter Huessy on


The Air Force has no choice but to pursue the current Launch Services Agreement. The plan is to have the three current launch partners — United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin — work on a $2.3 billion effort to design three space launch variations. The first contract was awarded in October 2018. In 2020,… Keep reading →

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AFSPC Deputy & SMC Chief Call For Requirements Changes

Posted by Colin Clark on


COLORADO SPRINGS: The head of Space and Missile Systems Center hinted at what he calls a re-architecting of what many believe to be one of the military’s most stovepiped organizations, calling for faster acquisition and major changes to how the Pentagon decides what weapons it’s going to buy. “Some of you may have heard the US has… Keep reading →

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Microsoft Co-Founder Rolls Out Satellite Launch Plane: ORS Plus?

Posted by Colin Clark on


You may want to read the headline a few times just to make sure you’re not missing the point. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and another one of those billionaires who’ve gotten very excited about the space launch business, wants to fly a really huge plane — built of composites, powered by six 747 engines,… Keep reading →

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Commercial Space Needs Regulatory Clarity

Posted by Todd Harrison on


Commercial space has many military applications, The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency relies heavily on commercial imagery supplied by DigitalGlobe satellites. The National Reconnaissance Office recently joined with NGA in something called the  Commercial GEOINT Activity to buy commercial satellite imagery. A raft of companies are talking about  building and operating satellites to provide imagery and other data.… Keep reading →

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GAO Urges DoD To Take Care On New EELV Competition; Gather Data First

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The Pentagon’s push to open the EELV to greater competition may be counterproductive to the best management of the program. The Government Accountability Office says this approach “could limit program oversight and scheduling flexibility” for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. Why? It’s simple really: “The Air Force plans to develop an acquisition strategy for… Keep reading →

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