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News Archive / Tagged: Department of Defense

  • Starliner ‘at-sea’ crew rescue training exercise performed

    Derek RichardsonApril 24th, 2019

    NASA and the Department of Defense conducted a search and rescue training exercise for Boeing's Starliner spacecraft at the Army Wharf in Port Canaveral.

  • Trump signs directive to create the US Space Force

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 20th, 2019

    A Space Force as a new branch of the U.S. military is one step closer to becoming a reality with the signing of a new space policy directive.

  • NROL-71 kicks off ULA’s 2019 launch manifest

    Patrick AttwellJanuary 19th, 2019

    LOMPOC, Calif. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully completed its first flight of 2019. Today's launch utilized the largest rocket in the Colorado-based company's arsenal to send a classified payload into space. In doing so the company finally managed to move past a saga of delays.

  • Classified: A review of US defense missions launched in 2018

    Patrick AttwellDecember 5th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- 2018 has seen five payloads launched for the Department of Defense. Two of these missions were classified and one failed. With the upcoming flight of a ULA Delta Heavy with the NROL-71, SpaceFlight Insider takes a look back at the DoD's 2018 launch manifest.

  • U.S. Navy accepts control of MUOS-5

    Paul KnightlyNovember 30th, 2017

    The Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC) has accepted operational control of MUOS-5 from Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy’s Communications Satellite Program Office.

  • Space sector stable but still dwarfed by the aviation sector: AIA Vice President

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 30th, 2017

    The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), a trade association representing leading aerospace and defense (A&D) companies in the U.S., has recently published its report entitled “2017 Facts & Figures”, which reveals key numbers about A&D industry’s economic impact. Among other things, the summary highlights the condition of the space systems sector as part of the A&D industry.

  • Photo Gallery: X-37B lands at historic Shuttle Landing Facility

    Derek RichardsonMay 9th, 2017

    Heralding its arrival to Florida residents early Sunday morning with a sonic boom, the U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B landed at Kennedy Space Center's historic Shuttle Landing Facility. Touchdown took place at about 7:47 a.m. EDT (11:47 GMT) May 7, 2017.

  • 4th X-37B mission ends with first landing at Kennedy Space Center

    Derek RichardsonMay 7th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — After nearly 21 months in orbit, the U.S. Air Force’s fourth X-37B mission concluded and returned to Earth for an automated landing at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility – the first time that the secretive spaceplane has touched down on the historic runway.

  • ULA prepares to launch WGS-8 satellite to bolster military communications

    Curt GodwinDecember 5th, 2016

    Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) is the latest in a constellation of military communications satellites. The eighth member of the WGS series, WGS-8 will soon join its predecessors in providing global communications capabilities to the United States military and its allies.

  • Orbital ATK, SpaceX awarded contracts by U.S. Air Force

    Jason RhianJanuary 17th, 2016

    The U.S. Air Force announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13, that its Space and Missile Systems Center had awarded OTAs to two aerospace firms ‒ SpaceX and Orbital ATK. These agreements are for a shared public-private partnership to develop rocket propulsion systems prototypes. It is hoped these agreements will help to end U.S. dependence on foreign-made rocket engines.

  • Report: Falcon 9 could be certified for DoD flights next month

    Jason RhianMay 12th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A report appearing in the Air Force Times has stated that Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX ) Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle could be certified to fly missions for the U.S. Department of Defense – as soon as next month (June). This could mark the close of a long-fought campaign to have the […]

  • One night – three launches at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

    Jason RhianFebruary 24th, 2015

    Three Terrier-Oriole suborbital “sounding” rockets were successfully launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, located in Virginia on Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015. The flights had been scheduled to take place on Monday, Feb. 23, and were conducted on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). Those handling the flight had a four hour window in which to get […]

  • Three Terrier-Oriole rocket launches delayed

    Jason RhianFebruary 22nd, 2015

    Three launches of Terrier-Oriole suborbital “sounding” rockets have been postponed from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, located in Virginia. The flights had been scheduled to take place on Monday, Feb. 23, and are being carried out on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). The 24-hour delay has pushed the flights back to no-earlier-than Feb. 24 […]

  • U.S. Air Force and SpaceX agree on EELV settlement

    Jason RhianJanuary 23rd, 2015

    Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX ) long wait for a decision as to whether-or-not the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket can carry out missions on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program – might be drawing to a close. Announced on Jan. 23, 2015 the agreement will see the Hawthorne, California-based firm […]

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation wins contract to develop U.S. DoD satellite

    Jason RhianOctober 17th, 2014

    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been selected to develop and build a satellite which will carry four scientific payloads to low-Earth-orbit, allowing the Department of Defense (DoD ) to better understand the space environment and support national security space systems developed in the future.