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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 officials expand electronic ADSC notifications

Posted  March 30, 2012

Air Force Personnel Center officials are expanding automated notifications to airmen of personnel actions requiring them to sign Active Duty Service Commitment acknowledgement statements. The automated ADSC notifications were successfully tested in November 2011 for more than 800 airmen selected for intermediate and senior developmental education courses. Since February, more than 2,200 airmen have received…

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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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Innovation key to Air Force future

Posted  March 26, 2012

Our nation is facing a number of challenges that affect our government. As a result, change is happening all around the Air Force. The institution of the Air Force will survive, but there is no doubt we’ll be operating differently. Over the past several years we have implemented a number of efficiency efforts to shape…

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Leave your shell behind; the lesson of the lobster

Posted  March 26, 2012

As a child growing up in New York City, I didn’t have much, but I did have a pet lobster and an early philosophy lesson (okay, it was actually a crayfish, but in my youth I didn’t know the difference). Every morning when I woke, the first thing I did was run to the fish…

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Northrop Grumman hosts San Fernando Valley students

Posted  March 26, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. ““ Northrop Grumman recently welcomed local students to its Woodland Hills facility for an event aimed at promoting student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Northrop Grumman’s Navigation Systems Division celebrated…

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Briefs, March 16, 2012

Posted  March 26, 2012

Airman & Family Readiness The Airman and Family Readiness Center offers the following classes: How to Start Your Own Business: March 21, 1-3 p.m. The Small Business Administration presents a class that focuses on the personal characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, goal setting and strategies for goal attainment plus how to assess your capacity for executing…

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Boeing to build four satellites for Asia Broadcast Satellite/Satmex Team

Posted  March 26, 2012

First order for Boeing 702SP ‘small platform’ satellite Expands range of power available in Boeing satellite portfolio Two satellites can launch together on one rocket EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has been awarded a four-satellite contract, with options for four additional satellites, through a joint procurement by Asia Broadcast Satellite and SatÈlites Mexicanos (Satmex). Financial…

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Northrop Grumman-built CERES sensor makes ‘first light’ observation

Posted  March 26, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. ““ Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System, the Northrop Grumman-built instrument aboard NASA’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, was activated and has delivered its first images. The CERES…

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Boeing, Artel to provide commercial satellite services to U.S. government

Posted  March 26, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing announced March 6 that Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, a unit of Boeing Satellite Systems International, has entered into a cooperative agreement with Artel, a global leader in information technology and managed network services, to distribute Inmarsat-3, -4 and -5 bandwidth to potential U.S. government customers. It is anticipated that this…

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Northrop Grumman continues progress on space telescope spacecraft

Posted  March 26, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – An important spacecraft component that will enable NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to deliver clear images passed its Critical Design Review at Northrop Grumman. Now cleared for manufacturing, it represents an important step in the spacecraft’s progress. Acting as a suspension system, the component is a spider-shaped vibration isolator with four…

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