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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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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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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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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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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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Wyle wins $24 million engineering contract from Naval Air Systems Command

Posted  April 5, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a $24 million contract to provide specialized engineering expertise for the Naval Air Systems Command’s Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Division. Wyle’s efforts will include electromagnetic environmental effects systems engineering and related acquisition support, and test and evaluation of aircraft, weapons, support equipment, training and avionics systems. Wyle will…

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DCMA Western Region welcomes new commander

Posted  November 9, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The North Harbor Marina was the backdrop as Western Regional Command Director, Michael A. Lowry relinquished responsibilities to Air Force Col. Tracey Kop, and bid farewell to coworkers and friends during a change of command and retirement ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo, Beach, Calif., July 19. “It…

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Thanksgiving dinner held for single airmen

Posted  November 30, 2012

Members of the Los Angeles Air Force Base spouses club and base senior leaders share a Thanksgiving meal with single airmen, Nov. 18. The annual dinner was held in the enlisted billeting on Fort MacArthur.  

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Three simple questions

Posted  November 30, 2012

Approximately 16 years ago, I was lucky enough to serve as the wing executive officer at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., under then Brig. Gen. John Becker, who later retired as a major general. Becker was a dedicated, professional, charismatic leader and mentor who had an enduring impact on his young and impressionable exec (that…

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Air Force secretary addresses rebalance to the Pacific

Posted  November 30, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley spoke about the Air Force’s role in the U.S. defense strategy to rebalance to the Asia-Pacific during the Air Force Association’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 16. Donley closed the symposium, which gathered more than 320 airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members together…

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Military, vets honored at Raytheon salute

Posted  November 30, 2012

SMSgt. Jeremy Carney, Space and Missile Systems Center first sergeant, speaks at Raytheon’s Salute to Veterans, Nov. 6. Bruce Blackmon, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Mission Assurance director and a former Army captain, also spoke. At the event, Blue Star Mothers collected items for care packages to send to deployed troops.  

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