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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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Industy Day provides access for Kyrgyz Republic businesses

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force photograph by SrA. Brett Clashman Maj. Ryan Goodwin speaks to Kyrgyz Republic contractors at the Ak-Keme hotel in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Sept. 10, 2012. Goodwin focused on strengthening economic ties and answering questions for local contractors that want to do business with the Transit Center at Manas. Goodwin is the Transit Center contracting chief…

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Northrop Grumman appoints VP of Aerospace Products

Posted  November 9, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 8 that it has appointed Chris Yamada vice president of its Aerospace Products organization. In this role, Yamada will be responsible for the newly established organization, offering technology products from Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector to broader markets and customers. He will retain leadership of several of…

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AEHF-2 satellite successfully completes on-orbit testing

Posted  November 9, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Systems Center’s second Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite successfully completed its on-orbit testing on Sept. 24. The on-orbit test campaign included a period of single-satellite testing followed by a period of crosslink testing between AEHF-1 and AEHF-2, and culminated with testing in the operational…

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Air Force eliminates civilian skill code requirements

Posted  November 9, 2012

The Air Force has rescinded the manual used to define civilian position skill codes in one of several ongoing administrative actions geared toward transforming civilian hiring, determining employee training and development needs, and selecting employees for training under competitive procedures, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Skill codes were a foundation of the previous civilian…

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AFA names aerospace award winners

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force Association officials named the 2012 National Aerospace and Specialty Award winners during the Annual Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington D.C. last month, said Air Force Personnel Center officials. The specific categories and winners are as follows: David C. Schilling Award for the most outstanding contribution to national defense in…

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Boeing delivers Royal Australian Air Force’s sixth C-17

Posted  November 9, 2012

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the sixth Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 1 at the company’s final assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif. The airlifter will be assigned to No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane, where it will help meet increased demand for airlift to support military, humanitarian…

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Cody named next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Cody will assume his new position on Feb. 1, following the Jan. 31 retirement of current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy….

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Next gen GPS operational control system successfully achieves milestone B approval

Posted  November 9, 2012

Officials from the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate announced that the U.S. Air Force and Raytheon successfully met all requirements to enter into the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Next Generation Operational Control System. The decision was approved by Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and…

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Northrop Grumman awarded U.S. Air Force payload transporter system contract

Posted  November 9, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to design, develop, test and qualify a replacement payload transporter system for the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system. This program will provide a replacement for the existing payload transporter that is nearing the end of its design life. The contract is worth $39.7 million…

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Northrop Grumman begins sampling new gallium nitride MMIC product line

Posted  November 9, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has developed a line of gallium nitride Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits for military and commercial uses. These devices represent the first commercial availability of GaN-based components from the company. Initial engineering evaluation sampling is underway with quantities of three GaN MMIC products. They were developed for defense and commercial…

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