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  • MILSATCOM and International Partners Operate Cooperatively on WGS, AEHF Programs

    The U.S. has an established process for the sale of military equipment and technology to foreign nations. Commonly sold items include aircraft, ammunition, and tanks; prices on these items range from the thousands to the billions depending on the type and quantities acquired. But what does the U.S. do when an international entity requests to buy
  • Air Force Releases Final STP-3 Launch Services RFP

    The Air Force released a Request for Proposal for an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Launch Service supporting the Space Test Program (STP) 3 mission scheduled to launch in June 2019.  The draft RFP was released on Aug. 19 to obtain industry feedback to inform the final RFP.  After extensive industry engagements, the final RFP was released
  • SMC, ULA Enter into CRADA to Certify Vulcan Launch Vehicle

    The Space and Missile Systems Center signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with United Launch Alliance (ULA) as part of the company’s effort to certify its new Vulcan launch vehicle for National Security Space (NSS) missions. This cooperative, jointly-written agreement facilitates data exchanges and protects proprietary
  • Parts issue delaying SBIRS GEO-3 launch tracking toward resolution within next 30 days

    The Air Force and Lockheed Martin teams successfully completed planned pre-fueling testing and inspections of the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) Flight-3 Satellite currently located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Fueling of the satellite and the launch, originally scheduled for Oct. 3, was delayed on Sep. 10 by
  • MILSATCOM's Camp Parks Terminals Used for WGS, DSCS Testing

    El Segundo, California is home to the Headquarters of the Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Systems Directorate, but it’s not the only place that MILSATCOM personnel work. What many people don’t know is the MILSATCOM division providing logistics and operations support to fielded satellite and ground systems, is actually located at
  • Like Father, Like Son: Col Stephen Purdy's Legacy in MILSATCOM

    Military satellite communications is in the blood of the Purdy family. Both Col. Stephen Purdy, Jr. and his father Col. Stephen Purdy, Sr. have served here at the Space and Missile Systems Center.  The Purdy family military tradition goes back another generation to Lt. Col. Ralph Purdy, who served as an Army chaplain. As Col. Stephen Purdy, Jr.,
  • SMC exercises contract options to procure two additional GPS III satellites

    The Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a contract option to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to procure two additional Global Positioning System III satellites today.  The contract option procures long lead and production hardware to produce space vehicles 9 and 10 for the next generation of GPS satellites being built by Lockheed Martin.
  • Warrior of the Week: Linda Doerfler

    Duty Location: Hanscom Air Force Base, MassachusettsDirectorate/Unit:  AFLCMC/HNASDuty Title:   Senior Acquisition Management SpecialistYears in Service:  6Time on Station:   6Hometown:  Chelmsford, MassachusettsGoals:  To continue to contribute to the Air Force mission and mentor the next generation to help them achieve their goals in meeting the
  • SBIRS Combined Task Force Recognized in Decommissioning Ceremony

    The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center decommissioned the Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Combined Task Force (CTF) in a ceremony September 1.  This milestone concludes more than 15 years of successful CTF contributions to the mission.  The CTF is comprised of SMC Remote Sensing, AF 460th Operations Group Detachment 1, Lockheed Martin
  • Looking Ahead: the Future of Military Satellite Communications

    As SMC’s Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Directorate and its mission partners make ready for the launches of the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite and the eight Wideband Global Satellite Communication (WGS) satellite, energies are turning to the next generation of SATCOM efforts.  Two MILSATCOM Divisions are