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  • 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
  • Air Force Space Hacks Red Tape to Support Firefighters’ Efforts Against California Wildfires

     In recent months, California wildfires have been some of the fastest moving and most destructive fires in recorded history. November 2018 alone has been historic in the state as it saw two of the fastest fires in recorded history. The Camp Fire in Northern California claimed 85 lives and destroyed more than 14,000 homes and 150,000 acres of land. 
  • Launch Enterprise Systems Directorate uses SMC 2.0 initiatives to streamline

    Space is a warfighting domain, and while near-peer adversaries are rapidly advancing space capabilities that threaten Department of Defense systems and national security, Airmen at the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Systems Directorate here are implementing SMC 2.0 initiatives by streamlining their acquisitions processes and
  • GPS III Space Vehicle 01 is encapsulated in the Falcon 9 payload fairing

    The Air Force’s first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX payload fairing at Astrotech on Dec. 7 in preparation for its upcoming launch later this month at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.Encapsulation of the satellite within its payload fairing serves to protect it against the impact of dynamic
  • SMC Wingman show support for fellow airman via Wounded Warrior Workout

     Personnel from the Space and Missile Systems Center paid tribute to Katherine ‘Kat’ Portillo via Wounded Warrior Workout on Nov. 1 on the Turf Field, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Four years ago, Portillo was an active duty Air Force major and satellite operator stationed with Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo.  In late December 2015,
  • STPSat-5 Successfully Launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express dedicated rideshare mission

    The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched Space Test Program Satellite 5 (STPSat-5) into orbit via Spaceflight Industries’ fully dedicated smallsat rideshare mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle on Dec. 3 from Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, California, at 10:34 a.m. PST.“I’m elated with today’s
  • STPSat-5 Ready for Launch

    The U.S. Air Force is proud to announce STPSat-5, a U.S. Air Force satellite, finished preparations and is fully integrated onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. STPSat-5 is one of several DoD missions launching on Spaceflight Industries SSO-A “Small Sat Express.” SSO-A is a commercial launch mission provided by Spaceflight Industries and be
  • The Fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite

    It’s a balmy 88 degrees on a Tuesday night at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The mosquitoes are abuzz and if you’re outside standing next to the water, as much of the cape is surrounded by water, you can feel a light film of sweat form on your skin from the humidity in the area. There’s a mild breeze that’s making the weather outside
  • AEHF-4 Successfully Launched

    The U.S. Air Force has successfully launched the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-4) communication satellite, Wednesday, Oct.17 at 12:15 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  The satellite was carried to orbit aboard an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 551 launch vehicle. The