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ORS-5 Mission Logo ORS-5 satellite prepped for launch
With a Flight Readiness Review successfully concluded Aug. 17, the Air Force’s Operational Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite is now ready for its journey to equatorial orbit from Space Launch Complex-46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It is scheduled for launch on Aug. 25 during a four-hour launch window that opens at 11:15 p.m.,
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory engineering team stands in front of the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite in the MIT LL clean room at the Lexington, Massachusetts facility, prior to shipment for final processing and stacking atop an Orbital ATK Minotaur IV launch vehicle at Launch Complex 46, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. From left to right: Joe Warfel - Assembly Technician; Michele Weatherwax - Mechanical Engineer; Al Pillsbury - Mechanical Engineer; Marshall Solomon - Thermal Engineer, and; Eui Lee - Thermal Engineer. (Courtesy photo: MIT LL) Air Force, mission partners prepare satellite for August launch
The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Operationally Responsive Space Office completed a major program milestone after overseeing the successful delivery of their ORS-5 satellite from Lexington, Massachusetts to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida for final processing, encapsulation, stacking and integration for launch. The
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Col. Tom Haig, the first DMSP director. He retired from the Air Force in 1968. (US Air Force Photo) First Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Director Receives Piece of Last Satellite
The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) began in 1960 as a short term, 22-month program designed to support cloud-free photo reconnaissance.  Nearly 60 years later, the DMSP constellation is still providing invaluable weather data to the military and civil community.  This success is possible in no small part due the leadership of the
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Default Air Force Logo Final RFP Released for Launch Services Contract
The Air Force released a final Request for Proposal for an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Launch Service supporting the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-8, AFSPC-12 and GPS III 4-6 missions.  The draft RFP was released on May 3 to obtain industry feedback for the final RFP.  After extensive industry engagements and Government reviews, the
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Default Air Force Logo ULA Awarded Launch Services Contract for STP-3 Mission
The Air Force announced today the award of the third competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch service after more than a decade of sole-sourced contracts. United Launch Alliance was awarded a contract for Space Test Program 3 (STP-3) Launch Service. This is a firm-fixed price, standalone contract with a value of $191,141,581. 
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Tech. Sgt. Gregory Reid from the 61st Communications Squadron and a volunteer with the “Rising Six” service group at the Space and Missile Systems Center, prepares to serve the first of nearly 750 attendees during a “Burger Burn” as part of the annual Armed Forces Retiree Appreciation Day, June 3, 2017, at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. (U.S. Air Force photo/ James Spellman, Jr.) Retiree Appreciation Day a success
The fabled June gloom of overcast skies gave way to brilliant sunshine as more than 500 retirees from all branches of military service turned out for the 2017 Retiree Expo in the Gordon Conference Center. The event, held June 3 on the grounds of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Schriever Space Complex, was part of Los Angeles Air Force Base’s
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GPS Satellite New reports confirm near-perfect performance record for civil GPS service
 The U.S. Air Force released two technical reports demonstrating that the Global Positioning System (GPS) continues to deliver exceptional performance to civilian users around the world. GPS is a U.S. Air Force satellite system that provides highly dependable positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services to military and civilian users around
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Victor Ibarra (Courtesy photo) Local military “Youth of the Year” to embark on cultural educational expedition to China
An 11th grade student at Port of Los Angeles High School in San Pedro, California, was named military “Youth of the Year” by The Boys & Girls Club at Fort MacArthur/Los Angeles Air Force Base’s Youth Program. Victor Ibarra, the son of Esther Dulaney, a youth activities recreation assistant with the 61st Force Support Squadron at Los Angeles AFB, is
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Lt. Gen. John Thompson, incoming SMC commander, salutes Gen. John Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander, as Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, outgoing SMC commander looks on during the SMC change of command ceremony, May 22. (US Air Force photo/Van Ha) Thompson takes command of SMC
It was a day where overcast skies parted on cue as if in a major Hollywood production – complete with special effects in the resounding form of cannon fire. Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson accepted the flag of command from Gen. John Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, during a change of command ceremony May 22 on the parade grounds of historic
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Default Air Force Logo HEO Automation Pathfinder in Early Developmental Use Period
Supplemented by legacy satellites from the Defense Support Program, the Space Based Infrared System constellation is made up of Geosynchronous satellites, and sensors in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO).  Those HEO sensors recently marked a major milestone in the effort to extend their useful life with the completion of the HEO Automation Pathfinder
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