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Space superiority remains vital to national security

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Gen. William Shelton reviews his notes before testifying April 3, 2014, in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces, in Washington, D.C. Shelton is the Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. William Shelton, the†commander of†Air Force Space Command, highlighted…

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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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Northrop Grumman ships payload module two months early for AEHF satellite

Northrop Grumman Corporation continued its record of shipping Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite payload modules ahead of schedule when the fourth arrived Feb. 11, nearly two months early, at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., AEHF system prime contractor.

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Increased space, cyber threats top concerns for AF Space Command

Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., addresses Air Force Association Members during the Pacific Air and Space Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013. Shelton discussed the importance of space and cyberspace operations and the foundational capability they provide to our nation and joint military…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III successfully communicates With GPS constellation

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed, a full-sized, functional GPS III satellite prototype, now at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., recently communicated via cross-links with Air Force flight-like hardware simulators for the GPS IIR, GPS IIR-M, and GPS IIF satellites, which make up the bulk of the current GPS satellite…


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Air Force to implement force structure changes

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in the…

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Salutes & Awards

61st ABG named Air Force outstanding unit

Posted  March 29, 2013

The 61st Air Base Group at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., has won the Air Force’s Outstanding Unit Award. This award is presented to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. In a base-wide message, Lt. Gen….

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Events

‘Galactic Gala’ at the California Science Center breaks fundraising records

Posted  March 22, 2013

At the California Science Center’s 15th annual Discovery Ball March 19, nearly 850 guests celebrated “Space Exploration: Past, Present and Future.” As part of the festivities, guests previewed “Mission 26: The Big Endeavour” a photographic exhibition which opened March 11, and dined under the wings of Space Shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. The…

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SPEEA technical members vote to accept four-year contract

Posted  March 22, 2013

Technical workers at Boeing have approved a new four-year contract, putting an end to negotiations that have lasted nearly one year. Votes tallied March 18 by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001 show Technical workers voted 4,244 to accept and 654 to reject. Union negotiators told members a second rejection…

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NASA’s Webb Telescope gets its wings

Posted  March 22, 2013

A massive backplane that will hold the primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope nearly motionless while it peers into space is another step closer to completion with the recent assembly of the support structure’s wings. The wings enable the mirror, made of 18 pieces of beryllium, to fold up and fit inside a…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches second Space-Based Infrared System satellite to orbit for the U.S. Air Force

Posted  March 22, 2013

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched the second Space-Based Infrared System GEO-2 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 5:21 p.m., EDT, March 19 from Space Launch Complex-41.

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Lockheed Martin-built infrared surveillance satellite launched successfully

Posted  March 22, 2013

The U.S. Air Force’s second Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched today at 5:21 p.m., EDT, March 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne powers ULA Atlas V upper stage, placing early-warning missile satellite into orbit

Posted  March 22, 2013

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – An Atlas V launch vehicle rose from the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., March 19 to deliver the second Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite GEO 2 into orbit – thanks to propulsion provided by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and RD AMROSS. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V…

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Officer, civilian developmental education application windows open

Posted  March 22, 2013

Eligible active duty officers and civilians are now able to apply for intermediate and senior developmental education opportunities, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Officer applications are due to AFPC April 12, and civilian nominations are due May 1, said George McKey, AFPC officer developmental education branch. A variety of developmental opportunities exist for those…

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AFOSR shares results from Annual Spring Review

Posted  March 22, 2013

The Program Officers of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research completed their 56th annual Spring Review, which ran from 4 March through 8 March in Arlington, Va This annual assessment of AFOSR’s research portfolio highlighted not only the overall research portfolio, but emphasized the numerous basic research transitions of benefit to the United States…

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