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NASA implements changes to planetary protection policies for moon and Mars missions

WASHINGTON — NASA announced July 9 two new directives regarding planetary protection for missions to the moon and Mars that implement recommendations of an independent review board last year. The two directives, announced by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine during a “Moon Dialogs” webinar, are part of an effort by NASA to modernize guidelines that are [...]

NASA implements changes to planetary protection policies for moon and Mars missions2020-07-12T14:08:36-06:00

Loft Orbital satellite to carry experiment for DARPA’s Blackjack program

WASHINGTON — Loft Orbital’s YAM-3 satellite — scheduled to fly on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission — will carry a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency experiment for the Blackjack program. Loft Orbital, a San Francisco-based startup, is working under a contract from Scientific Systems Company Inc. Boston-based SSCI received a DARPA contract to fly [...]

Loft Orbital satellite to carry experiment for DARPA’s Blackjack program2020-07-11T14:09:49-06:00

Senior Air Force, Army officers outline practices protecting recruits from coronavirus

Air Force Maj. Gen. Andrea D. Tullos, commander, Second Air Force, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and Army Maj. Gen. Lonnie G. Hibbard told reporters during a virtual news conference from the Pentagon that training goals are being met and that, to date, only about 2% of the tens of thousands of recruits who cycle [...]

Senior Air Force, Army officers outline practices protecting recruits from coronavirus2020-07-11T14:10:48-06:00

Eumetsat shifts two tardy satellites to Ariane 6

WASHINGTON — Program delays have forced Eumetsat to reserve a pair of Ariane 6 rockets for two European weather satellites originally anticipated to launch on Ariane 5 rockets.  Eumetsat had signed a contract with Arianespace in 2015 to launch two or three Meteosat Third Generation satellites on Ariane 5 rockets between 2019 and 2023. Of [...]

Eumetsat shifts two tardy satellites to Ariane 62020-07-11T14:09:49-06:00

DoD awards $15 million Defense Production Act contract to LeoLabs

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department announced on July 10 it has awarded LeoLabs, a provider of space surveillance data services, a $15 million contract funded under the Defense Production Act to shore up domestic industries financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. LeoLabs, a startup based in Silicon Valley, tracks satellites and debris in low Earth [...]

DoD awards $15 million Defense Production Act contract to LeoLabs2020-07-10T14:11:50-06:00

Thanking those who saluted America

The U.S. Air Force performed this year’s “Salute to America” with a series of military flyovers at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3, and Washington, D.C., July 4, to celebrate Independence Day – the nation’s 244th birthday.

Thanking those who saluted America2020-07-10T14:13:07-06:00

AF Week in Photos

This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

AF Week in Photos2020-07-10T14:13:08-06:00

SecAF beholds Alaska airpower during visit, emphasizes Arctic’s importance to national security

While at Eielson AFB, Barrett got an in-depth look at the 353rd Combat Training Squadron and 18th Aggressor Squadron missions and their roles for Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise Red Flag-Alaska. She toured a portion of the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which provides 77,000 square miles of airspace for pilots to train in during the [...]

SecAF beholds Alaska airpower during visit, emphasizes Arctic’s importance to national security2020-07-10T14:13:09-06:00