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Engineering a bright future across the Nuclear Security Enterprise

In honor of National Engineer Week, NNSA is taking a look at a variety of ways these creative innovators contribute to nuclear security nation-wide. By definition, engineers design and build, but the exact result depends on their specific discipline. Keep reading to learn about just a few of the wide-ranging careers engineers can embark on within NNSA. Aerospace Engineering An [...]

Vector planning first orbital launch this summer

TORONTO — Vector, one of a growing number of companies developing small launch vehicles, plans to carry out its first orbital launch this summer from Alaska. The Tucson, Arizona-based company announced its launch plans in a Feb. 14 press release announcing that a customer had placed a reservation of five launches of the company’s Vector-R small launch vehicle. The statement [...]

2018 Team Navy Trials Commence

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The Team Navy trials for the 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games kick off Feb. 20, at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport, where over 70 seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coastguardsmen will compete for a spot to represent the Navy in this year's DoD Warrior Games.Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor (NWW-SH) and NAVSTA Mayport are [...]

Regulatory reform to be a topic of next National Space Council meeting

WASHINGTON – When members of the National Space Council meet this week, they are expected to discuss, among other issues, regulatory reforms intended to promote growth of the commercial spaceflight industry. The Council will hold its next formal meeting Feb. 21 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a meeting formally announced by NASA and the White House less than 48 hours [...]

The end of SBIRS: Air Force says it’s time to move on

WASHINGTON — The Air Force will develop a new constellation of missile warning  satellites amid worries that the current system is vulnerable to attack and not a good return on investment. In the budget proposed for fiscal year 2019, the Air Force accelerates the development of the next-generation of missile warning satellites. It provides $643 million for the program and [...]

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 space. And billion-dollar satellites known [...]

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 company was currently reviewing proposals [...]

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 log into SOES for the [...]

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 customers are requesting might not [...]

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, and it is important to [...]

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 is seeking to revise the [...]

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 signing Space Policy Directive 1, [...]

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 orbit at will, within minutes [...]