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Space Force renames Florida-based launch wing Space Launch Delta 45

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force has officially renamed the 45th Space Wing that oversees Florida’s launch ranges Space Launch Delta 45, the service announced May 11. Plans to rename the former Air Force space launch wing were announced last month.  To create its own identity separate from the Air Force, the Space Force is naming its units deltas. A [...]

Cabana to succeed Jurczyk as NASA associate administrator

WASHINGTON — Bob Cabana, a former astronaut and longtime head of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, will become NASA associate administrator later this month, replacing the retiring Steve Jurczyk. In separate announcements May 10, NASA said that Jurczyk will retire from the agency effective May 14. Cabana will take over as associate administrator, the top civil service position at the agency, [...]

NASA says demand for private ISS missions exceeds flight opportunities

WASHINGTON — NASA says it’s seeing strong interest from companies proposing private astronaut missions to the International Space Station, with the demand for such missions exceeding the agency’s ability to accommodate them. NASA announced May 10 that it had finalized an agreement with Axiom Space for that company’s first crewed mission to the station, scheduled for launch no earlier than [...]

Aircraft issue could delay resumption of SpaceShipTwo test flights

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic said May 10 that while it believes it corrected a problem with its SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane that aborted a test flight five months ago, the resumption of those test flights could be further delayed by a problem with the plane that carries SpaceShipTwo aloft. Virgin Galactic had expected to resume test flights of SpaceShipTwo in May [...]

After Chinese rocket reentry, DoD calls for countries to ‘behave responsibly’

WASHINGTON — Less than two days after parts of an uncontrolled Chinese rocket fell into the Indian Ocean, the Pentagon said allowing a large booster to free fall toward Earth is “irresponsible behavior.” “We want to see everybody who are actors in space do so in a responsible, deliberate way that’s mindful of the safety of all our citizens here [...]

Inmarsat heading to administrative court over Dutch 3.5 GHz auction

TAMPA, Fla. — Inmarsat is pivoting to an administrative court in its battle to stop the Netherlands from auctioning 3.5 GHz spectrum, which the British satellite operator says it does not want to cede to bandwidth-hungry 5G networks. Inmarsat had sought an injunction in a civil court to stop the Dutch government’s plan to sell the frequencies, which it uses [...]

Orbcomm gets no offers after contacting more than 50 potential buyers

TAMPA, Fla. — Satellite operator Orbcomm said May 10 it did not get any alternative proposals in its 30-day “go-shop” period, which followed private equity firm GI Partners’ $1.1 billion acquisition offer.  The company, specializing in connecting industrial monitoring devices, said it engaged with more than 50 parties that it thought might be interested in a deal. New Jersey-based Orbcomm [...]

OneWeb creating government subsidiary after buying TrustComm

TAMPA, Fla. — OneWeb, the U.K.-headquartered low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband operator, is buying Texas-based managed satcoms provider TrustComm to create a new government subsidiary. The deal comes soon after the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) contracted OneWeb to demonstrate managed satcom services in Arctic locations. “OneWeb’s acquisition of TrustComm underpins our strategy to rapidly scale satellite communications service [...]

Roth, Brown, Raymond present Air, Space Forces priorities to Congress

Appearing alongside Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Roth told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense that the Air and Space Forces continue to recalibrate their practices, personnel and policies to address “peer adversaries” after years focusing primarily on terrorism.

First B-1Bs resume flight operations

The first B-1B Lancers resumed flight operations May 3 following a safety stand-down issued April 20 by Gen. Tim Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander. Individual B-1B aircraft will return to flight as inspections and maintenance directed during the stand-down are completed on each aircraft.

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.