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Viasat says ViaSat-2 business plan intact despite antenna glitch

WASHINGTON — Fleet operator Viasat’s newest satellite could lose around 15 percent of its intended throughput due to an antenna problem discovered after launch. Mark Dankberg, Viasat’s Chairman and CEO, told investors Feb. 8 that the 6,400-kilogram ViaSat-2 satellite launched in June on an Ariane 5 rocket will likely have a maximum capacity of 260 gigabits per second, rather than [...]

Researchers discover novel exciton interactions in carbon nanotubes

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Feb. 14, 2018—Nanotechnology researchers studying small bundles of carbon nanotubes have discovered an optical signature showing excitons bound to a single nanotube are accompanied by excitons tunneling across closely interacting nanotubes. That quantum tunneling action could impact energy distribution in carbon nanotube networks, with implications for light-emitting films and light harvesting applications. “Observing this behavior in carbon [...]

SN Military.Space | DoD space budget: Billions for next-gen satellites, launch vehicles; New funding lines for ‘rapid acquisitions’

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter we publish Tuesdays. If you would like to get our news and insights for military space professionals before everyone else, sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: New direction for DoD space investments. Pentagon 2019 budget proposal ‘pivots’ to next-generation satellites Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff [...]

Air Force to acquire new jam-resistant GPS satellites

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion over the next five years on a new constellation of Global Positioning System satellites that will be hardened to withstand electronic interference from hostile nations. In a solicitation for bids posted Feb. 13, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced it will “conduct a full and open competition” for [...]

Pentagon space budget shaped by threats from Russia, China

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s budget request for the Defense Department includes $9.3 billion for space programs — $4.8 billion for satellites, $2.4 billion for launch vehicles and $2.1 billion for maintenance and support. The funds also cover space tests and classified programs. Officials said this budget marks a “pivot” in military space programs from systems that were built for [...]

Department of the Navy Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy released its proposed $194.1 billion (Base and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)) budget Feb. 12, for fiscal year (FY) 2019.This budget is part of the $716 billion (Base and OCO) defense budget President Donald Trump submitted to Congress the same day.Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget, Rear Adm. Brian Luther, briefed [...]

FY19 Presidential Budget Request for NNSA Released

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released details today of its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget Request. The President’s $15 billion FY 2019 Budget Request for NNSA represents an increase of $2.2 billion – or 16.8 percent – above the FY 2017 enacted level, representing the Administration’s commitment to NNSA’s [...]

Navy Submits 30—Year Ship Acquisition Plan

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy submitted the long-range ship acquisition plan to Congress Feb. 12.The 30-Year Ship Acquisition Plan is a Congressionally-mandated report which describes the Department of the Navy's long-range shipbuilding plans for 2019-2048. This year's report focuses on meeting the Navy's baseline acquisition requirements needed to build the Navy the Nation Needs (NNN) and sustaining [...]

Navy College Scheduler Tool Improved and Added to My Navy Portal

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy College Program (NCP) announced Feb. 12, that the self-service Navy College Appointment Scheduler tool available via the NCP website has been enhanced and added to My Navy Portal (MNP).According to Christy Minshew, Voluntary Education (VOLED) Appointment Scheduler program manager at the Navy College Virtual Education Center, the improved self-service scheduling tool includes several [...]

Mississippi Visits Yokosuka During Current Deployment

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elesia K. Patten, Submarine Group 7 Public Affairs FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Feb. 12, for a routine visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.This kind of visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and [...]

Graduate Fellow Featured: Victoria Wu

The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) is a unique opportunity for recent graduates to join the Nuclear Security Enterprise. These full-time, salaried positions offer a year of specialized, on-the-job training, and the chance to tackle real-world challenges in one of NNSA’s program offices. Fellows develop technical and leadership skills to launch their careers with a full immersion in one of [...]

Dewey, Sterett Depart San Diego for Indo—Asia—Pacific

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Curtis Spencer, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) departed their homeport of Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment to conduct operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region, Feb. 6.Dewey and Sterett are scheduled to support the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group [...]