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STRATCOM looking for fresh ideas on nuclear command and control

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 United States is spending billions developing new strategic missiles, submarines and bombers as part of the nuclear triad. The command authorities also have to be able to control these platforms, [...]

EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc. announces first SARGE Reuse Mission 1 Test Launch date at Spaceport America

Texas firm sets March 2nd, 2019 for the first reuse flight (Mission 1) of their Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (SRLV) Spaceport America, NM and Greenville, TX – February 21, 2019 – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport and EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles [...]

NATO Admiral Discusses Complex Security Environment, Results of Trident Juncture

WASHINGTON -- Europeans view Russia as the greatest threat they face, but China has made inroads, and threats from violent extremism and ungoverned spaces in the Middle East and Africa complicate an already complex security environment, the commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples said last week. Navy Adm. James G. Foggo III, who also serves as commander of [...]

AFWERX, Techstars announce 10 companies to participate in tech accelerator

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- The 10 companies the Air Force and Techstars selected to participate in an in-residence technology accelerator program during the AFWERX 2019 Techstars Autonomous Technology Accelerator in Boston last month began the program Feb. 18.The tech accelerator enabled the Air Force to partner with small businesses to solve the service’s most challenging technological obstacles in innovative ways. [...]

Bezos emphasizes altitude advantage of New Shepard over SpaceShipTwo

NEW YORK — As Blue Origin prepares to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle, the company’s founder says the altitude the vehicle can reach will put it at an advantage over Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. In an on-stage interview with SpaceNews during a Wings Club luncheon here Feb. 20, Jeff Bezos reiterated statements made by other Blue Origin [...]

Falcon 9 launch the final leg of Indonesian satellite’s roundabout journey

WASHINGTON — The Indonesian communications satellite that is SpaceX’s primary payload for its second Falcon 9 launch this year overcame a change of manufacturers and the loss of a U.S. Ex-Im Bank loan to reach the launch pad. Set to launch Feb. 21 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, as part of a mission that includes an Israeli lunar lander and an [...]

Financial Operations workshop features innovation

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) -- Tech. Sgt. Samuel Spaethe used to spend hours upon hours completing work as a financial services technician, often working weeknights until 7 p.m. and then on Saturdays just to get the job done.But he knew that effort was not sustainable. So he did something innovative about it.Spaethe developed an Excel macro tool that [...]

FIRST UP Satcom | Facebook, Viasat join forces on rural internet • Exotrail wins 1.55M euros • Es’hailSat to host BridgeSat lasercomm station

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Facebook is joining Viasat in establishing satellite-connected Wi-Fi hotspots across Mexico. Viasat, in a news release, said Facebook is investing in the rollout and helping to identify areas for future deployments. Facebook and Viasat are collaborating first in Mexico, but are open to [...]

U.S., British Navies Conduct Maritime Security Drills

SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- U.S. Navy fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) and Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose (F236) conducted Feb. 18 maritime security and logistics training in the South China Sea. The drills involved Royal Marine commandos, Royal Navy sailors and Guadalupe crew members. During a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) scenario, Montrose’s boarding team embarked [...]

Virgin Galactic reschedules SpaceShipTwo flight for Feb. 22

LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA – Virgin Galactic scrubbed the Feb. 20 flight test for SpaceShipTwo, the air-launched suborbital spaceplane, due to high winds in Mojave, California. The flight test is now scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22. “During our test flight program, we exercise a lot of caution around weather conditions,” George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic chief executive, told reporters during a Feb. 19 [...]

Collaboration opportunity to harness top algae strains for bioenergy

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Feb. 20, 2019—Los Alamos National Laboratory and partners are inviting the algae industry and academia to contribute to research to find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts and to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Bioenergy Technologies Office) is sponsoring [...]

New House space subcommittee chair plans to address commercial space issues

WASHINGTON — The new chair of the House space subcommittee says she’s looking forward to working with the commercial space industry on a number of issues, including oversight of non-traditional space activities. In a Feb. 13 speech at the Commercial Space Transportation Conference here, Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.) said she wants to take on a number of issues that affect [...]

Air Force awards $739 million in launch contracts to ULA and SpaceX

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has divided $739 million in launch contracts between United Launch Alliance and SpaceX for six national security missions slated for 2021-2022. The contracts, awarded under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, were announced Tuesday evening by Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. ULA will receive $441.76 million under a fixed-price contract to launch [...]

Citing health, safety concerns, Wilson and Goldfein order commanders to conduct ‘100% review’ of all base housing

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- Responding to reports of poorly maintained and unsafe housing across several installations, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein on Feb. 19 directed commanders at every base worldwide to conduct a “100 percent review” of the condition and safety of all military housing by March 1.Asserting that the housing conditions [...]

Trump signs Space Force policy directive, now comes the heavy lifting

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday signed Space Policy Directive 4 at the Oval Office flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and top officials from across the national security establishment. SPD-4 gives the Pentagon the official go-ahead to send a proposal to the White House recommending the establishment of a separate military branch for space. During the signing ceremony, Trump [...]