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  • Final RFP Released for Launch Services Contract

    The Air Force released a final Request for Proposal for an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Launch Service supporting the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-8, AFSPC-12 and GPS III 4-6 missions.  The draft RFP was released on May 3 to obtain industry feedback for the final RFP.  After extensive industry engagements and Government reviews, the
  • ULA Awarded Launch Services Contract for STP-3 Mission

    The Air Force announced today the award of the third competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch service after more than a decade of sole-sourced contracts. United Launch Alliance was awarded a contract for Space Test Program 3 (STP-3) Launch Service. This is a firm-fixed price, standalone contract with a value of $191,141,581. 
  • Retiree Appreciation Day a success

    The fabled June gloom of overcast skies gave way to brilliant sunshine as more than 500 retirees from all branches of military service turned out for the 2017 Retiree Expo in the Gordon Conference Center. The event, held June 3 on the grounds of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Schriever Space Complex, was part of Los Angeles Air Force Base’s
  • New reports confirm near-perfect performance record for civil GPS service

     The U.S. Air Force released two technical reports demonstrating that the Global Positioning System (GPS) continues to deliver exceptional performance to civilian users around the world. GPS is a U.S. Air Force satellite system that provides highly dependable positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services to military and civilian users around
  • Local military “Youth of the Year” to embark on cultural educational expedition to China

    An 11th grade student at Port of Los Angeles High School in San Pedro, California, was named military “Youth of the Year” by The Boys & Girls Club at Fort MacArthur/Los Angeles Air Force Base’s Youth Program. Victor Ibarra, the son of Esther Dulaney, a youth activities recreation assistant with the 61st Force Support Squadron at Los Angeles AFB, is
  • Thompson takes command of SMC

    It was a day where overcast skies parted on cue as if in a major Hollywood production – complete with special effects in the resounding form of cannon fire. Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson accepted the flag of command from Gen. John Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, during a change of command ceremony May 22 on the parade grounds of historic
  • HEO Automation Pathfinder in Early Developmental Use Period

    Supplemented by legacy satellites from the Defense Support Program, the Space Based Infrared System constellation is made up of Geosynchronous satellites, and sensors in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO).  Those HEO sensors recently marked a major milestone in the effort to extend their useful life with the completion of the HEO Automation Pathfinder
  • SMC Airman, 15 Other Military Members Sworn in as U.S. Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony

    A celebration of citizenship was held Tuesday, May 23, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where nearly 5,000 immigrants, including one SMC Airman, were sworn in as U.S. citizens. The newest citizens came from 135 countries and included 15 military members - three of which were Airmen.Senior Airman Gerard Listhrop, from the Space and Missile
  • Space Fence System display unveiled at Heritage Center

    Michele Evans, vice president and general manager of Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors for Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, accompanied by Robert Condren, Don Tomajen and Nancy FitzGerald, assisted Col. Phil Garrant, director of the Space and Missile Systems Center's Space Superiority Directorate in unveiling a new informational
  • SMC Awards Four Study Contracts for Weather Mission

    Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center recently awarded four study contracts worth approximately $500,000 each to EO Vista, Millennium Space Systems, Orbital ATK, and Raytheon Company - Space and Airborne Systems. These companies will provide concept reports to address space-based cloud characterization and theater weather