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  • DMSP Satellite Decommissioned After 22 Years of Service, Weather Follow- on Program to Hold Critical Design Review in March

    On Feb. 11, after more than 22 years of providing vital global weather data to the U.S. and its allies, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Flight 14 was decommissioned after completing 118, 052 orbits of the Earth. End of Life (EOL) procedures were accomplished by operators at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • SMC’s critical role in Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System: Innovation for the Joint Warfighter

    The Space and Missile Systems Center recently hosted teams from across the Air Force soliciting innovative ideas and new technologies to enhance the fielding of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) at a two-day event themed “Flip the Script.”As Air Force space acquisitions professionals continue to make great strides in delivering dominant,
  • AEHF-5 Satellite Control Authority Transferred to Space Operations Command

    On Feb. 3, the U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) communications satellite was successfully transferred to Space Operations Command (SpOC). After successful completion of AEHF-5 on-orbit testing, SMC transferred Satellite Control Authority to the SpOC with AEHF-5 now under the
  • Space and Missile Systems Center awards Northrop Grumman $253.6 million for Protected Tactical SATCOM acquisition

    The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center Development Corps signed a $253.6 million payload development award with Northrop Grumman for the first of up to four separate payload development awards for the Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) acquisition, Feb. 12.This effort, in alignment with SMC delivering warfighting capability at
  • AF Acquisition Boss Talks Future of Space

    Dr. William Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology, and logistics, visited the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to discuss the future of space acquisitions, Feb.6. As the Department of the Air Force Service Acquisition Executive, Dr. Roper is responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development and
  • GPS III Space Vehicle 03 “Columbus” safely arrives in Florida

    The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center successfully delivered the third GPS III satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Feb. 5, 2020.GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 03 was safely transported from the Lockheed Martin facility in Waterton, Colorado to Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. The satellite named
  • SMC, Mission Partners Successfully Deploy Aerospace Rogue CubeSats from ISS

    The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and its mission partners successfully deployed Aerospace’s Rogue Alpha and Rogue Beta CubeSats from the Northrop Grumman Cygnus capsule at 1 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. respectively, Jan. 31, 2020.This marks the beginning of the program’s mission experiment plan, where the two satellites will use their
  • SMC wins Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

    The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has been awarded the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award for the period of Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018.This award recognizes the achievements of various Air Force activities and organizations. It is awarded to Air Force internal organizations that are entities within larger organizations.SMC
  • SMC, NASA deploy DoD's STPSat-4 from ISS

    The United States Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and its mission partner, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), successfully deployed the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program Satellite-4 (STPSat‑4) from the International Space Station at 11:20 p.m., Jan. 28, 2020.   The suitcase-sized satellite is
  • SMC, Its Mission Partners Team Up to Deliver AEHF-6 Safely to Florida Ahead of March Launch

    The U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space and Missile Systems Center successfully delivered the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF)-6 satellite to the Astrotech Space Operations processing facility in Titusville, Florida, Jan. 12.“The delivery of the last AEHF satellite comes at an inflection point, as the first delivery of the USSF for launch,”