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Plan to modernize air and space systems takes Air Force out of its comfort zone

WASHINGTON — In the budget request that was submitted to Congress last week, the U.S. Air Force made investment decisions that just a few years ago would have been jaw-dropping. A $7 billion surveillance aircraft program is being jettisoned in favor of an information network that connects sensors from across the battlefield and in outer [...]

Plan to modernize air and space systems takes Air Force out of its comfort zone 2018-02-19T13:10:07+00:00

Telesat to announce manufacturing plans for LEO constellation in coming months

TORONTO — Telesat, with one demonstration satellite for its planned broadband satellite constellation in orbit, expects to announce plans for manufacturing the full system in the coming months as it seeks partners to help fund its development. Speaking at the Canadian SmallSat Symposium here Feb. 15, Erwin Hudson, vice president of Telesat LEO, said the [...]

Telesat to announce manufacturing plans for LEO constellation in coming months 2018-02-18T13:08:14+00:00

SGLI Beneficiaries Remain in Place as Navy Transitions to New Online System

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Sailors and families who log into the Servicemember's Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Online Enrollment System (SOES) for the first time may be surprised when they see there is no beneficiary information listed."Your SGLI coverage is still in place," said Ann Stewart, director, Pay and Personnel Department, Navy Personnel Command. "Sailors who [...]

SGLI Beneficiaries Remain in Place as Navy Transitions to New Online System 2018-02-17T13:08:03+00:00

Eutelsat CEO optimistic on shorter broadcast contracts, OTT potential

WASHINGTON — Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Belmer is taking a contrary view on short-term capacity leases and the explosive growth of video streaming — two disruptive video trends causing angst among satellite operators with substantial television broadcast business. In a Feb. 16 conference call with investors, Belmer said the short-term capacity leases fixed-satellite service [...]

Eutelsat CEO optimistic on shorter broadcast contracts, OTT potential 2018-02-16T13:08:38+00:00

Pantex and Y-12 employees singled out for success in stockpile stewardship

Over 200 employees from the Pantex Plant and the Y-12 National Security Complex received recognition recently for their exceptional contributions in support of NNSA’s weapons programs. “The work that underpins the stockpile is complex and challenging,” said Phil Calbos, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “These awards recognize the most exceptional of those efforts, [...]

Pantex and Y-12 employees singled out for success in stockpile stewardship 2018-02-16T13:09:08+00:00

Air Force and Aerojet Rocketdyne renegotiating AR1 agreement

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force and Aerojet Rocketdyne are working to revise an agreement to support development of the company’s AR1 rocket engine, as questions continue about the engine’s long-term future. In a Feb. 14 response to questions submitted by SpaceNews, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) confirmed that Aerojet Rocketdyne [...]

Air Force and Aerojet Rocketdyne renegotiating AR1 agreement 2018-02-16T13:08:41+00:00

Op-ed | President Trump wants his moonshot without paying for it

NASA’s topline budget will be flat for the foreseeable future — which means an effective decrease in real dollar funding for the agency. As a result, President Trump may see his moon plans come crashing down to Earth. In mid-December last year, Trump formally announced his administration’s decision to return NASA to the Moon by [...]

Op-ed | President Trump wants his moonshot without paying for it 2018-02-16T13:08:44+00:00

Pentagon budget funds ‘small launch services’ to gain greater access to space

WASHINGTON — It’s been widely reported that the U.S. military views its satellites in space as prime targets of enemy aggression. But opinions diverge over how to deter and defeat potential attacks. One school of thought is that satellites could be made less attractive targets if the military were able to launch new ones into [...]

Pentagon budget funds ‘small launch services’ to gain greater access to space 2018-02-15T13:10:46+00:00