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SpaceX launches second batch of Starlink broadband satellites

WASHINGTON — SpaceX completed its second launch of 60 Starlink satellites Nov. 11, making its own system the largest commercial telecommunications satellite constellation in orbit.  SpaceX launched the satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket at 9:56 a.m. Eastern, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellites separated just over one hour later into a [...]

SpaceX launches second batch of Starlink broadband satellites2019-11-11T13:07:21-07:00

Dynamic Mechanical Strain-Induced Temperature Gradient Coating

A non-destructive coating to enhance observations of dynamic thermal strain and reduce false positives in sonic infrared (SIR) inspections Evaluating components for discontinuities without damaging the part or system remains a priority for diverse industries and research fields. Low-cost techniques such as fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI) are in widespread use by major industries, such as [...]

Dynamic Mechanical Strain-Induced Temperature Gradient Coating2019-11-11T13:07:22-07:00

Soyuz-5 rocket to enter service in mid-2020s

WASHINGTON — The Russian company that markets launch vehicles commercially says it doesn’t expect the new Soyuz-5 medium-lift rocket to be available until the mid-2020s, despite leveraging existing designs and facilities. In an interview during the International Astronautical Congress Oct. 24, Evgeny Solodovnikov, sales director of GK Launch Services, says the Soyuz-5 rocket, whose design [...]

Soyuz-5 rocket to enter service in mid-2020s2019-11-10T13:10:47-07:00

Telesat LEO manufacturing decision bumped to 2020

WASHINGTON — Telesat Canada will likely choose the winner of a now three-way race to build its low Earth orbit broadband constellation in the first few months of 2020 instead of this year, CEO Dan Goldberg said Nov. 5.  Goldberg, in an earnings call, said Telesat still anticipates having 200 satellites orbiting in 2022 and [...]

Telesat LEO manufacturing decision bumped to 20202019-11-09T13:08:13-07:00

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 Photos2019-11-09T13:08:33-07:00

‘Space Pitch Day’ yields innovative technologies and new partners for the Air Force

Pitch Days are a combination of product expo and reality series where the most promising developers are selected from an initial review. That group then pitches their ideas live to a team of Air Force experts and defense partners for an opportunity to compete for on-the-spot contracts.

‘Space Pitch Day’ yields innovative technologies and new partners for the Air Force2019-11-09T13:08:33-07:00

Air Force to require cybersecurity audits of commercial satellite communications providers

RESTON, Va. — The Air Force starting in 2020 will rate the cybersecurity of commercial satellite communications providers in an effort to increase the protection of military networks. The new program is called Infrastructure Asset Pre-Assessment (IA-Pre) and will be run by the Air Force Space Command’s commercial satellite communications office, Andrew D’Uva, president of [...]

Air Force to require cybersecurity audits of commercial satellite communications providers2019-11-08T13:09:23-07:00

OneWeb’s first big deployment launch slips to January

WASHINGTON — OneWeb has delayed the beginning of its regular launch campaign by a month to allow more testing of its small broadband satellites.  “We are taking the utmost care to prepare for launch and therefore are taking a few extra weeks to conduct additional tests on the satellites which will be shipped in December [...]

OneWeb’s first big deployment launch slips to January2019-11-08T13:09:24-07:00

Have you done your housing surveys?

Navy Installations Command (CNIC) leaders call on to the residents and families using Public—Private Venture (PPV) housing to complete every survey possible to help the command pinpoint problems and solve them.

Have you done your housing surveys?2019-11-08T13:10:11-07:00

Astronaut preparing for ISS mission with reduced crew

WASHINGTON — A NASA astronaut flying to the International Space Station next spring could be the only American on the station for an extended period because of uncertainty in the status of commercial crew vehicles. NASA announced Oct. 30 that Chris Cassidy will fly to the station next April on a Soyuz spacecraft with Russian [...]

Astronaut preparing for ISS mission with reduced crew2019-11-08T13:09:24-07:00