Your Cart

Breaking Defense

/

United Launch Alliance

DoD Swats Away Blue Origin Launch Protest

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


One space expert, with no skin in the NSSL game, opined that for the most part Blue Origin’s protest is “simply whining,” and characterized SpaceX’s lawsuit as “sour grapes.”

read entire article

DoT, Fearing China/Russia Threats, Tests GPS ‘Back-Ups’

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The Transportation Department is working closely with DoD, DHS and other agencies “to address policy and technical issues including the security and resilience of GPS receivers,” says General Counsel Steven Bradbury.

read entire article

Second GPS III Launch Validates (At Long Last) Program Progress

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“GPS III SV02 is the newest generation of GPS satellites designed and built to deliver positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) information with three times better accuracy, and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capability than its predecessor.”

read entire article

Milsatcom First Test For SMC 2, Systems Engineers LinQuest

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“Everybody is watching SMC right now,” says Chris Beres of LinQuest, which has secured a new contract to help the Air Force with its SMC 2.0 revamp.

read entire article

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. 

read entire article

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 →

read entire article

US Must Rethink Space Policy In Face Of Enormous Change

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: In the vast swirling enterprise of global security space, the United States must come to terms with the tectonic shifts occurring as commercial companies come to dominate launch, the building of satellites and the sensors and software on which they depend, and figure out how to lead the way. That’s the conclusion of what… Keep reading →

read entire article

SpaceX ‘Kicking Major Butt’ To Launch X-37B For First Time, Not ULA’s Atlas V

Posted by Colin Clark on


UPDATED: Adds Insights On Signficance ONRCO Mum So Far ON Switch GEOINT: In news sure to rock the launch industry, the mighty United Launch Alliance today failed to be named as the company launching the X-37B spaceplane. Instead, Elon Musk’s SpaceX will carry it for the first time, marking what is believed to be the… Keep reading →

read entire article

Wynne Mulled For DepSecDef; Trumpers Reject Ayotte

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: A top candidate for the Pentagon’s No. 2 position is Mike Wynne, the former Air Force Secretary who has been an advisor to Donald Trump for some time. We only have one source on this and can’t identify the source in any way, so put this one in the good rumor basket. Wynne was… Keep reading →

read entire article

Give DoD 18 RD-180s; Alternatives Too Late, Too Costly

Posted by Doug Birkey on


When the National Defense Authorization Bill comes to the Senate floor, lawmakers will face an important choice regarding the future of national security space launch. The Defense Department has relied upon United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta IV and Atlas V rockets — the latter powered by the Russian-built RD-180 engine. Maintaining redundant launch system capabilities —… Keep reading →

read entire article