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

Posted  September 27, 2013

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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Wyle awarded $15 million to provide systems assurance, engineering for U.S. Air Force

Posted  September 13, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Wyle has been awarded a $15 million task order to provide specialized system assurance and engineering product analyses for the U.S. Air Force’s Life Cycle Management Center through its Engineering Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Under this task order Wyle will provide engineering, airworthiness, system security and assurance,…

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Boeing fulfills U.S. Air Force C-17 production contract with 223rd delivery

Posted  September 13, 2013

Boeing delivered the 223rd and last U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter Sept. 12, fulfilling the production contract more than 20 years after the first delivery.

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Lockheed Martin-built AEHF satellite encapsulated for upcoming launch

Posted  September 13, 2013

The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite built by Lockheed Martin has been encapsulated into its payload fairing in preparation for a Sept. 18 liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The AEHF system is the nation’s only protected strategic and tactical satellite communications program. It works in concert with…

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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite on track for 2013 launch

Posted  September 20, 2013

The first of three Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellites being built by Boeing has successfully completed a key system life test, paving the way for it to launch later this year.

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U.S., allies increase protected military satellite comm capability with AEHF launch

Posted  September 20, 2013

The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched at 4:10 a.m., Sept. 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 51 minutes after launch. The AEHF system…

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Boeing Flies First 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted  September 20, 2013

SEATTLE, Sept. 17, 2013  – The Boeing [NYSE: BA] 787-9 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time today, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery in mid-2014. With its distinctive new Boeing livery, the newest member of the efficient 787 family completed a 5-hour, 16-minute flight, taking off from Paine Field in…

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Air Force launches third AEHF satellite

Posted  September 20, 2013

The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency communication satellite at 4:10 a.m., EDT, Sept. 18, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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Next Boeing GPS IIF satellite arrives at Cape Canaveral for launch

Posted  September 20, 2013

Boeing workers lift the Global Positioning System IIF-5 satellite onto a transporter following its Aug. 1 arrival at the Navstar Processing Facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Boeing shipped the fifth GPS IIF satellite from its satellite factory in El Segundo, Calif., on a U.S. Air Force C-17 airlifter. Workers will fuel the…

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Boeing sends protected government signal through commercial satellite

Posted  September 20, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. – Boeing has transmitted a government-developed, frequency-hopping signal through a commercial satellite, demonstrating the potential for the military to access more communications pathways at a lower cost than building new satellites, while protecting its data from jamming attempts. In the first demonstration of its kind, Boeing in July used the government’s…

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