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Highly anticipated GPS 3 launch just days away

This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. The U.S. Air Force’s first GPS 3 satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX payload fairing at Astrotech Space Operations on Dec. 7 in preparation [...]

Highly anticipated GPS 3 launch just days away 2018-12-13T13:09:10+00:00

Pentagon putting final touches on Space Force proposal

WASHINGTON — A team of Pentagon officials led by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is putting the final touches on a proposed blueprint for standing up a Space Force as a separate military branch. “To use an aerospace term, ‘we’re on final approach,” Shanahan told reporters on Thursday. Shanahan and Undersecretary of Defense for Research [...]

Pentagon putting final touches on Space Force proposal 2018-12-13T13:09:12+00:00

SRB Update Released with Pay for Performance Pilot

The Navy updated the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan for Active Component and Full Time Support Sailors and announced a pay for performance pilot program in NAVADMIN 302/18, released Dec. 13.

SRB Update Released with Pay for Performance Pilot 2018-12-13T13:09:40+00:00

Virgin Galactic achieves space on SpaceShipTwo test flight

Updated 12:40 p.m. Eastern with statements. MOJAVE, Calif. — Virgin Galactic achieved a long-awaited milestone Dec. 13 when its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle performed its highest test flight to date, exceeding one altitude often used as the boundary of space. The WhiteKnightTwo aircraft carrying SpaceShipTwo took off from Mojave Air and Space Port here at 10:11 [...]

Virgin Galactic achieves space on SpaceShipTwo test flight 2018-12-13T13:09:22+00:00

Under Secretary of the Navy Strengthens Alliances in Norway

Under Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Modly, completed a three—day partnership—building visit to Norway, Dec. 12. Modly met with senior military and civilian officials to discuss security and stability issues and efforts along with touring some of the Norwegian assets and facilities.

Under Secretary of the Navy Strengthens Alliances in Norway 2018-12-13T13:09:41+00:00

Intelsat launches broadband service aimed at military and government aircraft

WASHINGTON — Satellite communications provider Intelsat announced on Thursday it is launching a new in-flight broadband service aimed at military and government aircraft. The service, called FlexAir, was the result of a year-long market study of military and government aircraft operators. The company concluded this market is under-served, Skot Butler, president of Intelsat General, told [...]

Intelsat launches broadband service aimed at military and government aircraft 2018-12-13T13:09:19+00:00

Virgin Galactic ready for milestone SpaceShipTwo flight

MOJAVE, Calif. — A test flight more than a decade in the making is scheduled to take place Dec. 13 as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle is set to make its highest and fastest flight to date, one that, if all goes well, will take it beyond one boundary of space. The test flight is [...]

Virgin Galactic ready for milestone SpaceShipTwo flight 2018-12-13T13:09:18+00:00