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‘Physics Are Physics’: Lockheed Sees More Big, Complex Sats

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“Physics are physics,” says Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space. “There are still some things for which a geostationary approach makes more sense. There are other areas that a Low Earth Orbit makes more sense, and everything in between.”

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Key Northrop Grumman OmegA Rocket Test Succeeds, Despite Hiccup

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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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Experts Warn Space Force Rhetoric Risks Backfiring

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The Trump Administration’s Space Force proposal is “a canary in a very toxic space environment that is warning us about the challenges —  military competition, a sense of vulnerability, increasing capabilities for counterspace operations — that we are just not dealing with very well,” says Jessica West of Canada’s Project Ploughshares

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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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Vector Aims To Be One of Two DoD Small Launch Firms

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From 150 down to two — that’s how intense and ruthless the competition is going to be to win the Pentagon’s nod for the small launch vehicle market.

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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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Congress Must Push DoD To LEO, Former Reps Say

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Congress should pass laws to ensure that the Pentagon fully commits to creating a “large, updatable, and resilient national security constellation” in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

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U.S. India ASAT Test React May Backfire, Experts Say

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The India ASAT test could have provided an opportunity for leadership from the Trump administration to help prevent the creation of space debris.

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What Would Space Force FIX? No One Would Notice Its Disappearance

Posted by Bob Butterworth on


Born as what most thought was a joke in March 2018, President Trump’s Space Force had by June become a White House directive to the Pentagon. Since then the Trump Administration has been considering possible variants in the Force’s subordination, authorities, size, and budget, while Acting SecDef Shanahan has already created a working group to… Keep reading →

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Space Architect Is Back! As Wilson Unveils Space Reforms

Posted by Colin Clark on


It’s one of the coolest titles in the US military — space architect! Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced Tuesday night there will again be a space architect, known as the Chief Architect.

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