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  • Joint DOD/NASA/NOAA mission targeted for June 22 launch on SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle

    USAF Space & Missile Systems Center (Los Angeles AFB - El Segundo, Calif.) announces June 22 launch date for joint DOD/NASA/NOAA mission on SpaceX Falcon Heavy
  • Air Force successfully launches satellites from New Zealand on Electron Rocket

    The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners has successfully launched three Department of Defense research and development satellites on Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab USA’s Electron rocket from Mahia, New Zealand at 11:00 p.m. PST, May 4, 2019 and  6:00 p.m. NZST May 5, 2019. 
  • Air Force releases proposal request for the Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement Contract

    The Space and Missile Systems Center, in partnership with the National Reconnaissance Office, released a request for proposals May 3, for the purpose of competitively awarding firm fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contracts to two domestic launch service providers. These “Launch Service Procurement” contracts are for National Security Space launch service procurements in fiscal year 2020 through 2024 for missions launching through 2027.
  • Op Ed: Life in a post-JMS world: U.S. Space Superiority powered by ‘Agile’ Acquisitions

    In the world of space acquisitions, agility is a best practice. This is because software development and sustainment no longer follow the norms of the previous century. Repeatedly, the DoD has struggled with fielding software intensive programs in a timely fashion and within a reasonable cost.One Space and Missile Systems Center program, the Joint
  • Op Ed: The Age of Agile - Changing how Requirements are Generated

    It is often said within the acquisition community that it needs to be more agile, especially with respect to software; but, what about requirements being agile too? Requirements are traditionally codified, and users establish key performance parameters – processes rarely to be revisited or updated for years despite evolving threats.
  • ‘Hacking the 5000’ – SMC/SY Space C2 wins the ‘Tailored 5000’ Award

    LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Air Force Space and Missile System Center’s Space Superiority Systems Directorate (SY) was recently recognized by Dr. Will Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics with the Tailored “5000” Award that recognizes a program office or team who excel at using different processes to increase the speed of acquisition.
  • 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,