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Space Symposium 2019

DARPA Blackjack: Who’ll Get Prized Satellite Tech, Air Force Or SDA?

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Large networks of small, cheap satellites derived from commercial technology would be harder for China or Russia to kill than a handful of expensive, exquisite military-unique birds. But who gets to build it?

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SDA’s Kennedy: Cislunar Space The Next Military Frontier

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As commercial activities such as mining expand from Earth to the Moon, there will be “a need for the equivalent to a Navy or Air Force” to protect that region of space, says SDA chief Fred Kennedy.

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Branson: DoD ‘Very Excited’ By Virgin’s Launch System

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Sir Richard Branson says the US military “is very excited” about the capabilities of Virgin’s Launcher One for resiliency on orbit.

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Will Senate Ground Trump’s Space Force: ‘We Need Some Convincing’

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Sen. James Inhofe remains cool to the Space Force and most of his colleagues on a key Senate panel sound like they’re right there with him.

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Air Force Sec Says US May Demo New Space Weapon To Deter

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The US has more to lose in space than our competitors, so the Pentagon is considering firing a warning shot to showcase what it can do.

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DARPA Picks Three Competitors For Launch Challenge Prize

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Tucson-based Vector Launch, Virgin Orbit, and a “stealth” startup can compete for prizes up to $10 million in the DARPA Launch Challenge.

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The Stellar Dance: US, Russia Satellites Make Potentially Risky Close Approaches

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US GSSAP satellites moved to within 10 kilometers of five Russian GEO-based satellites between 2016 and 2018, new Russian space observation data shows.

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STRATCOM’s Hyten Calls For Space Rules After India’s ASAT Test: Update

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SPACE SYMPOSIUM: For the first time, the United States is sharing its space war plans, known as Olympic Defender, with a small number of allies, says the head of Strategic Command. Gen. John Hyten told us in a Monday evening interview that a new version of the plan was published “last December,” he said. “Everything that… Keep reading →

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Wilson: DoD Study Finds ‘Exquisite’ Satellites Still Needed

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“Launching hundreds of cheap satellites each year as a substitute” for current milspace systems “will result in failure on America’s worst day if we relay on them alone,” Wilson says.

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Shanahan: China Is Deploying Directed Energy Weapons

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The space threat’s the thing at this year’s Space Symposium.

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