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Northrop Grumman to develop affordable, protected satellite communication capabilities

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center will demonstrate ways to make future protected military satellite communications capabilities more affordable with three awards received Sept. 28 under the Protected Military Satellite Communication Design for Affordability Risk Reduction initiative. Under the 10-month, firm fixed-price contracts, the company…

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Boeing Phantom Phoenix small satellites reduce manufacturing, mission costs

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Boeing photograph Boeing is developing a family of small satellite prototypes, called Phantom Phoenix, that can quickly and affordably be manufactured and configured for specific missions. Boeing is developing a family of small satellite prototypes, called Phantom Phoenix, that can quickly and affordably be manufactured and configured for specific missions. Sharing a common architecture, flight…

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Lockheed Martin submits proposal for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

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Lockheed Martin submitted its competitive proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative aimed at leveraging commercial satellites for some government missions. According to the August 1 government solicitation, HoPS will provide the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. and other U.S. government organizations with “a…

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Lockheed Martin completes major GPS III flight software milestone

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The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Forces next generation Global Position System III satellites has completed a key flight software milestone validating the softwareís ability to provide reliable and effective command and control for the GPS III satellites planned for launch into orbit. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites,…

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SMC enters cooperative research, development agreement with SpaceX

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, as part of the company’s effort to certify its Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch System for National Security Space missions. This cooperative…

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Intelsat accepts second on-orbit Boeing 702MP satellite

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Intelsat S.A. has accepted its second Boeing 702MP (Medium Power) satellite, Intelsat 21, which was launched Aug. 18 and is enhancing Intelsat’s broadcast and communications services throughout four continents. Boeing introduced the 702MP spacecraft line in 2009 to meet customer requirements for satellites with 6 to 12 kilowatts of power. The…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for next set of infrared surveillance satellites

Posted March 11, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $284.4 million fixed-price contract to procure long lead parts for the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites in the Space Based Infrared System missile warning constellation. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth (HEO) orbit, and associated ground hardware and…

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Wyle wins $39.9 million award to provide engineering analyses for the U.S. Army

Posted August 31, 2013 by

Wyle has been awarded a task order worth $39.9 million to provide engineering and logistical analyses to improve the reliability of U.S. Army ground combat systems, tactical wheeled vehicles, associated subsystems and related test equipment and infrastructure while lowering life cycle costs. Under the award from the Defense Technical Information Center’s Reliability Information Analysis Center,…

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AFSPC, SMC awards 17 contracts under Broad Agency Announcement

Posted November 9, 2012 by timchisham

The U.S. Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., announced Sept. 28 that it has awarded 17 contracts totaling $84.3 million as a result of a Broad Agency Announcement released in April for the “Protected Military Satellite Communications Design for Affordability Risk Reduction Demonstration.” This composite…

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Northrop Grumman completes lunar lander study for Golden Spike Company

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Northrop Grumman image This figure shows a preliminary sketch of the minimalist ascent pod with surface habitat concept packaged in a five-meter diameter payload fairing. The pressurized compartments and propellant tanks easily fit in the available space. Ascent thrusters are mounted on outriggers that are folded up to fit in the payload fairing and the…

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