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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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Reaching your goals

Posted  March 30, 2012

How are your New Year’s resolutions doing? Did you set goals for yourself? A funny question for the end of March? Maybe. Or maybe it is a great time to check your progress to ensure you are happy with your progress before 2012 slips away. Maybe your goal is to lose some weight? To keep…

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First Boeing 702 medium power satellite sends initial signals from space

Posted  March 30, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from Intelsat 22, the first of a series of 702MP (medium power) satellites it is delivering for Intelsat. The signals…

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SY director receives excellence award

Posted  March 30, 2012

The Space and Missile Systems Center proudly recognizes Col. Arnold H. Streland, director, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, as this year’s award recipient of the National Space Club’s General Bernard A. Schriever Award. NSC honored Streland with this award for his “excellence in military space operations and acquisition.” The panel of experts from across the aerospace…

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Nation’s newest missile warning satellite exceeding performance expectations on path to operational certification

Posted  March 30, 2012

The first Space Based Infrared Systems geosynchronous earth orbit satellite, currently undergoing a rigorous operational certification process, is meeting or exceeding performance requirements, and on track to be delivered into operations. Within two months after launch, SBIRS began sharing initial GEO-1 satellite data with technical intelligence mission partners in order to enable early assessments of…

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Boeing, Elbit Systems to Collaborate on Simulation for Super Hornet

Posted  March 30, 2012

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 27, 2012 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Elbit Systems are collaborating on a joint distributed simulation project that will link a Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet simulator in St. Louis with an AEL Avionics Laboratory simulator in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The effort brings together Boeing’s and Elbit’s expertise in order to…

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Space capability integral to all military operations

Posted  March 30, 2012

Space capabilities have become integral to all military operations, the commander of Air Force Space Command told reporters during a Defense Writers Group breakfast March 22. “It’s hard to imagine what life was like before we had … GPS providing very accurate targeting capability, military satellite communications providing all the reach-back that’s needed, [and] missile…

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Growing missile threat needs robust defenses, official says

Posted  March 30, 2012

The United States is well protected against the current threat from limited intercontinental ballistic missile attacks, but the threat is growing, underscoring the need for a robust and flexible defense system, a senior Pentagon official said in Washington, D.C., March 26. Development and deployment of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System protects the United States against…

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Northrop Grumman to develop new atom-based magnetic sensor

Posted  March 30, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Office of Naval Research to develop a new cost-effective atom-based magnetic sensor, or magnetometer, for antisubmarine warfare operations. The highly sensitive magnetometer will be part of a magnetic anomaly detection system mounted on helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles or submarines. Whether in the air above…

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STEP nominations due by April 6

Posted  March 30, 2012

Stripes for Exceptional Performers nomination packages meeting the Central STEP Board and the Combatant Command Board are due to the Air Force Personnel Center enlisted promotions section by April 6, AFPC officials said. The fiscal year 2012 central and COCOM boards will meet April 23-24, according to SMSgt. Jeff Noxon, enlisted promotions and training superintendent….

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Base raises money, supports fellow airmen through AFAF

Posted  March 30, 2012

Over the next several weeks, the uniformed men and women of Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., are targeting to raise more than $39,000 to benefit the Air Force Assistance Fund, and through the fund, their fellow airmen in need. In a memorandum to the base, Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. Ellen…

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