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Ukraine changes tactics on North Korea engine claims

MOSCOW — In the days that followed Monday’s  report in The New York Times that North Korea may have illicitly procured advanced Soviet-era rocket engines from Ukraine, the response out of the post-Soviet nation could best be described as trolling. Not long after the report was published, outraged Ukrainian social media users directed their outrage [...]

Ukraine changes tactics on North Korea engine claims 2017-08-18T14:07:41+00:00

Air Force names space operations officials

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has named Shawn Barnes to be assistant deputy chief of staff for space operations directorate, and Maj. Gen. Pamela Lincoln to be mobilization assistant to the deputy chief of staff for space operations. The Air Force has yet to name the deputy chief for the new directorate, but Air Force [...]

Air Force names space operations officials 2017-08-18T14:07:42+00:00

Smallsat developers propose self-regulation to address orbital debris concerns

LOGAN, Utah — As the number of cubesats and other small satellites grows, experts advise that some degree of industry self-regulation will be needed to avoid collisions that could lead to more restrictive government regulations. During a panel session at the 31st Annual Conference on Small Satellites here Aug. 6, representatives from across the smallsat [...]

Smallsat developers propose self-regulation to address orbital debris concerns 2017-08-16T14:08:27+00:00

Nuclear command and control problems dominate U.S. Air Force focus, GAO finds

WASHINGTON – While the U.S Air Force is taking more steps to oversee nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3), the service must focus more on short-term problems than long-term issues, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in its report, “Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications: Update on Air Force Oversight Effort and Selected Acquisition Programs,” released [...]

Nuclear command and control problems dominate U.S. Air Force focus, GAO finds 2017-08-16T14:08:29+00:00

North Korea puts spotlight on U.S. space-based missile defense

North Korea’s threat to strike Guam with a salvo of ballistic missiles has raised the stakes for a U.S. missile shield some see as compromised by potentially exploitable seams in its all-important space layer. Years of program changes, delays and cancellations have created gaps in parts of the space-based layer of the missile defense shield [...]

North Korea puts spotlight on U.S. space-based missile defense 2017-08-15T14:08:23+00:00

U.S. Army prepares to launch Kestrel Eye satellite atop Falcon 9

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The U.S. Army is set to launch its Kestrel Eye electro-optical microsatellite Aug. 14 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, service officials said last week at the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium. The Kestrel Eye satellite, built by Adcole Maryland Aerospace, is due to launch from Cape Canaveral as part of [...]

U.S. Army prepares to launch Kestrel Eye satellite atop Falcon 9 2017-08-14T14:07:23+00:00

Teledyne Brown offers ISS platform for testing spacecraft parts in orbit before flying them for real

LOGAN, Utah — Teledyne Brown Engineering plans to install a hyperspectral imager built by the German Aerospace Center, DLR, in the firm’s International Space Station observatory in March. DLR’s Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer will be the first payload tested on the Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES), Teledyne Brown’s external Earth-facing platform that traveled to [...]

Teledyne Brown offers ISS platform for testing spacecraft parts in orbit before flying them for real 2017-08-11T14:08:06+00:00

U.S. Space Command develops operational concepts for waging war in orbit

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  For the U.S. Air Force Space Command, the question is no longer if war is battle zone, but how to fight it. To that end, the command has developed a concept of operations (CONOPS) for fighting in that realm, Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, told attendees Aug. [...]

U.S. Space Command develops operational concepts for waging war in orbit 2017-08-09T14:07:31+00:00

Military space officials seek to more rapidly deploy newer satellites to meet threats

HUNTSVILLE, ALA – The U.S. needs to move away from traditional satellite development, acquisition and deployment to keep up with the current and future threats, military space officials told attendees Aug. 8 at the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium. Instead of relying on building ultra-sophisticated satellites that take years to develop, build and acquire [...]

Military space officials seek to more rapidly deploy newer satellites to meet threats 2017-08-08T14:07:43+00:00

Military space officials seek to more rapidly deploy newer satellites to meet threats

HUNTSVILLE, ALA – The U.S. needs to move away from traditional satellite development, acquisition and deployment to keep up with the current and future threats, military space officials told attendees Aug. 8 at the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium. Instead of relying on building ultra-sophisticated satellites that take years to develop, build and acquire [...]

Military space officials seek to more rapidly deploy newer satellites to meet threats 2017-08-09T14:07:33+00:00