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  • GPS Block IIR-16 (M) Satellite Launch Successful

    The third modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIR-16 (M) satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Nov. 17.The purpose of the launch was to provide military and civilian users with greater improved navigation and timing capabilities. A Delta II rocket with the satellite enclosed in the rocket fairing, left pad
  • SMC leadership addresses AFSO21 practices and methods

    Brig. Gen. Neil McCasland, vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, and SMC senior leaders, recently completed a first-ever enterprise value stream mapping and analysis facilitated by the Lean Aerospace Initiative Team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The exercise produced a look at SMC's enterprise, identifying the
  • 10,000th GPS Embeddable Receiver delivered to joint warfighters

    The Global Positioning Systems Wing Commander, Col. Al Ballenger; the U.S. Army Project Manager Navigation Systems, Col. Philip LoSchiavo; the U.S. Army Product Manager GPS, Mr. Dave Williamson; and the Rockwell Collins teammates achieved a major milestone with the delivery of the 10,000th Ground Based GPS Receiver Applications Module to the U.S.
  • General Taverney bids farewell after 38 years

    Maj. Gen. Thomas Taverney, the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. retired after 38 years of service in space operations and space systems development positions. Gen. Kevin Chilton, Air Force Space Command commander, presided over the ceremony, held at the Fort MacArthur Community Center
  • Launch and Range Systems Wing Stands Up WROCC

    SMC has another team success to add to its coffers. The new Western Range Operations Control Center has opened its doors and ushered in the model of the future for space launch command and control operations. As of June 30th, 2006 there remained only one of the seven control centers to be activated in the WROCC marking a significant milestone on
  • MILSATCOM Announces Wideband Gapfiller Contract

    The MILSATCOM Systems Wing has definitized a contract with options worth $1.067 Billion for the second block of satellites in the Wideband Gapfiller Satellites (WGS) program. The Block II satellites will be similar to the three Block I satellites already in production, but with an added radio frequency bypass capability designed to support airborne
  • AF Honors Satellite Program

    The U.S. Air Force has named the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) Life Extension Team as a winner of the 2006 Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award. The prestigious award, sponsored by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and administered by the Air Force Manpower Agency (AFMA), recognizes outstanding team performance and shares best
  • Defense Weather Satellite Launch Sucessful

    The Air Force successfully boosted another Weather satellite into orbit Nov. 4 from Vandenberg Air Force Base' s Space Launch Complex 6. The launch of Defense Meteorological Satellite Flight 17 occurred at 5:53 a.m. the beginning of the launch window. This is the latest launch of a Defense Meteorological Satellite since DMSP Flight 16 on October
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