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  • GPS III Space Vehicle 02 “Magellan” arrives in Florida; Prepares for July launch

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate achieved another major program milestone March 19, successfully delivering the second GPS III Space Vehicle to Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida to begin satellite launch processing. “The shipment of this second GPS III satellite is once
  • Air Force, Education and Industry Partners Work Together to Gather Space Radiation Data

    Iridium Communications announced on Feb. 6 the completion of its Iridium® NEXT campaign, which upgraded its original satellite constellation. Completion of the new network also signifies the beginning of the final stage in the activation of a critical set of space radiation sensors deployed by the U.S. Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office’s
  • Air Force, Government and Industry Partners Successfully Launch WGS-10 Satellite

    The Air Force successfully launched the 10th Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle for the U.S. from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 8:26 p.m. EDT, March 15.This mission demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s continued commitment to
  • Air Force Ready to Launch Tenth WGS Satellite

    The U.S. Air Force has scheduled another launch to enhance the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, the nation’s highest-capacity military communications system.The tenth WGS satellite will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle on March 15 from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,
  • Air Force establishes National Security Space Launch program

    The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Systems Directorate Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program name was officially changed to the National Security Space Launch program today.The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act directed the name change from EELV to NSSL effective March 1, to reflect consideration of both
  • Air Force awards $739 million launch service contracts

    The United States Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), in partnership with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), awarded two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch service contracts today. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) has been awarded a $297 million firm-fixed-price contract, for launch services to
  • LA Dodgers Host Oath of Enlistment Ceremony for Air Force, Army, Navy

    The LA Dodgers hosted nearly 50 future service members, 3 current service members and their families for a joint enlistment and reenlistment ceremony, Jan. 22, Los Angeles, Calif. Seventeen future Airmen from the 369th Recruiting Squadron joined in an Oath of Enlistment ceremony, officiated by Navy Commander Justin Ward, Executive Officer for the Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles. In addition to the future Airmen who participated in the joint service event, about 30 future Sailors and Soldiers also took the oath as part of the delayed entry program. DEP members have signed up to join a branch of military service and are waiting to begin basic military training. Though they may not know their specific jobs yet, they do know that they have committed to serving their country.
  • Air Force and its mission partners successfully launch NROL -71

    The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office aboard a Delta IV Heavy from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.  Liftoff occurred at ­­ 11:10 a.m. PST, Jan. 19. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center acquired NROL-71’s launch services from United Launch
  • Air Force Awards Hosted Payloads Delivery Order Under HoPS Contract

    The Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center has awarded General Atomics, Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) a firm-fixed-price delivery order under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for commercially hosting the Argos Advanced Data Collection System (A-DCS).  Funded by the National Oceanic
  • First GPS III satellite successfully launched

    The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the first Global Positioning Systems (GPS) III satellite at  8:51 a.m. EST, Dec. 23 from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Lockheed Martin-built satellite, known as “Vespucci,” in honor of Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer for whom the
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