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  • SBIRS GEO Flight-4 encapsulation completed

        The Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite completed encapsulation today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.     This encapsulation event is a significant milestone in GEO Flight-4's launch process as it marks the satellite's completion of all major testing milestones
  • SMC, Orbital ATK sign CRADA for Next Generation Launcher

    The Space and Missile Systems Center and Orbital ATK have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) as part of the company’s effort to certify its Next Generation Launcher for National Security Space (NSS) missions. This cooperative agreement facilitates data exchanges and protects proprietary and export-controlled data. The
  • Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate Change of Leadership Held

    The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate welcomed a new director at a change of leadership ceremony held at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Dec. 15.Col. Robert Bongiovi assumed leadership of the directorate from Dr. Claire Leon at a ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Phillip Garrant, and attended by family, friends,
  • Air Force Secretary unveils final DMSP satellite at SMC

    With the help of Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, the Space and Missile Systems Center today unveiled the final Defense Meteorological Support Program satellite, DMSP-20, for display at the Schriever Space Complex within the Gordon Conference Center.  “This display represents a nearly 60-year history of environmental monitoring success by
  • Other Transaction Agreement Awarded to Manage Newly Established Space Enterprise Consortium

    The Space and Missile Systems Center awarded an Other Transaction (OT) to establish the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC), which will be managed by Advanced Technology International (ATI).  The OT was awarded Nov. 2.  “We have been highly focused on initiating SpEC so that we can introduce timely solutions to today’s space challenges,” said Lt.
  • Air Force accepts delivery of GPS Next Generation Operational Control System

    The Space and Missile Systems Center announced that the United States Air Force has accepted delivery of the Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX) Launch and Checkout System (LCS) baseline from Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems.     Also known as Block 0, LCS demonstrated conformance through test
  • Air Force Awards Contract for New Rideshare Capability on Space Launch Missions

    The Space and Missile Systems Center has awarded the Long Duration Propulsive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapters (ESPA) (LDPE) procurement contract to Orbital Sciences Corp., Space Systems Division for $33,982,424.  The LDPE contract requires an EELV-compatible payload adapter with power, attitude control and
  • SBIRS GEO Flight-4 Arrives in Florida, Prepares for January Launch

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program completed a major program milestone Oct. 31, successfully delivering a Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite Flight-4 to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. “The delivery, launch, and successful operation of GEO Flight-4 will mark the fulfillment of the original SBIRS
  • Janus Target Successfully Launched for PATRIOT Test

    The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Directorate, successfully completed a Janus Target vehicle launch, Sept. 16.“The vehicle provided by RSLP offer realistic and affordable targets for testing of our nation’s missile defense system,” said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air
  • Air Force and its mission partners successfully launch NROL-52

    The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the NROL-52 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Liftoff occurred at 3:28 a.m. EDT, Oct. 15.The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center acquired the launch vehicle for the mission and flight-followed
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