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USS John S McCain CO and XO Relieved

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander, 7th Fleet, Oct. 11.Both were relieved due to a loss [...]

USS John S McCain CO and XO Relieved 2017-10-11T14:09:51+00:00

Jam-proof satellite terminals to shrink dramatically

WASHINGTON — The satellite communications systems that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency uses to send targeting data to interceptor missiles are huge — about the size of a building. Such high level of SATCOM security has been unheard of in small systems that troops could take to the battlefield aboard a helicopter. But the technology [...]

Jam-proof satellite terminals to shrink dramatically 2017-10-11T14:09:28+00:00

Orbital ATK eyes investments in advanced rocket motors

WASHINGTON — A new market for super high-speed weapons is fueling investments in rocket engine technologies as companies seek to gain an edge. The industry foresees a demand for advanced rocket engines, particularly if the U.S. military moves to acquire revolutionary missiles that fly at hypersonic speeds. The Pentagon expects to invest $2 billion over [...]

Orbital ATK eyes investments in advanced rocket motors 2017-10-10T14:08:26+00:00

Solstar plans give Blue Origin payloads access to the internet

SAN FRANCISCO — Early next year, Solstar Space plans to demonstrate the first commercial internet link in space by connecting experimental payloads traveling in Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital capsules with researchers on the ground. NASA is covering the cost of flying Solstar’s Schmitt Space Communicator (named for former Apollo astronaut and U.S. Senator Harrison Schmitt) [...]

Solstar plans give Blue Origin payloads access to the internet 2017-10-10T14:08:27+00:00

In the face of growing threats, Army scrambles to secure satellite links

WASHINGTON — A recent examination of the Army’s combat networks turned out to be a huge wakeup call: The technology is not up to the job of ensuring systems are protected from enemy electronic attacks. Following years of experiments and failed procurements, the Army is back to the drawing board in its efforts to acquire [...]

In the face of growing threats, Army scrambles to secure satellite links 2017-10-10T14:08:29+00:00

Army rolls out new plan to modernize communications networks and weapons

WASHINGTON — Frustration over lagging modernization has reached a tipping point in the U.S. Army. Rising powers like Russia and China are arming their militaries with advanced weapons and electronic warfare systems that could threaten U.S. dominance in precision-guided missiles and communications technologies. Army leaders acknowledge that a dysfunctional procurement system is mostly to blame [...]

Army rolls out new plan to modernize communications networks and weapons 2017-10-09T14:09:50+00:00

Industry and government differ on future of FAA commercial space office

WASHINGTON — While much of industry would like to see an office that licenses commercial spaceflight activities moved out of the Federal Aviation Administration, a new report finds little support for doing so within government itself. An Oct. 5 report by the Government Accountability Office found split opinions between government and industry on whether the [...]

Industry and government differ on future of FAA commercial space office 2017-10-09T14:09:52+00:00

USS Washington Brought to Life, Commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk

NORFOLK, Virginia (NNS) -- The Navy with assistance from the submarine's sponsor Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, commissioned and brought to life the newest Virginia class submarine, USS Washington (SSN 787), during a ceremony on board Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 7.Washington, named in honor of the 42nd state, [...]

USS Washington Brought to Life, Commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk 2017-10-08T14:10:30+00:00

USNS Comfort Underway to Provide Aid from the Sea in Puerto Rico

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nunez Jr. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (NNS) -- The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) got underway Oct. 5, to provide aid from the sea in Puerto Rico after completing a planning phase in San Juan with local and federal stakeholders to synchronize efforts [...]

USNS Comfort Underway to Provide Aid from the Sea in Puerto Rico 2017-10-06T14:10:32+00:00

Blue Origin shows interest in national security launches

CHANTILLY, Va. — The new chief executive of Blue Origin told the National Space Council his company is in discussions about certifying its New Glenn rocket for government missions, a shift in strategy that could put the company in competition with a customer. In a presentation to the first meeting of the reconstituted National Space [...]

Blue Origin shows interest in national security launches 2017-10-06T14:10:13+00:00