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  • Bythewood takes helm of Remote Sensing Systems Directorate

    Col. Dennis Bythewood assumed leadership of the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate on Dec. 19, during a change of leadership ceremony in the Gordon Conference Center of the Schriever Space Complex. The event was presided over by Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, and Program Executive Officer for Space. Bythewood
  • SMC Volunteers Build Museum of Nuclear Science and History Peacekeeper Exhibit

    On Nov. 17, a new Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile exhibit was unveiled at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History’s Heritage Park. This exhibit wouldn’t have been possible without the help of seven volunteers from the Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise Directorate’s Experimental Launch and Test Division
  • 50-Year Old Minuteman Motor Passes Static Fire Test

    As part of its mission of storing and maintaining decommissioned solid Intercontinental Ballistic Missile stages, the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Rocket System Launch Program, located at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, routinely conducts robust aging surveillance efforts including conducting static fire tests. However, one recent
  • SMC members “Hoop it up” with Los Angeles Lakers

    How often do you get a chance to scrimmage with the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers?Prior to the start of a preseason game Oct. 11 against the Portland Trailblazers, 50 members from the Space and Missile System Center got that chance. The SMC personnel from Los Angeles Air Force Base here were given the opportunity to receive tips from former Laker
  • New Fisher House debuts at VA Long Beach

    Tracye Davis, acting director of the Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System was handed the keys to the sixth and newest Fisher House to open in California by Fisher House Foundation president David Coker during a dedication ceremony Oct. 19 at the VA Long Beach Medical Center.This home will provide lodging for up to 16 families of eligible
  • Air Force Awards NROL-111 Mission Contract

    The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program, part of the Launch Enterprise Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), awarded the National Reconnaissance Office Launch-111 contract to Orbital ATK. The contract is a firm-fixed-price contract valued at $29.2 million for a Minotaur I launch vehicle. This was the first such
  • Air Force, its mission partners successfully launches WGS-8 satellite

    The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the 8th Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 6:53 p.m. EST."Today's launch is a momentous achievement in WGS, as we launch
  • Air Force Personnel Center interviews prospective Space and Missile Systems Center applicants

    Various directorates within the Space and Missile Systems Center, along with Air Force Personnel Center staff recently held an Air Force Civilian Service Job Fair at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. With over 1,000 pre-registered applicants, plus another 1,500 in attendance, the largest hiring event ever hosted for SMC was a
  • New SBIRS Block 10 Ground System achieves operational acceptance

    Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center and the 460th Space Wing successfully achieved operational acceptance of the Space-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Block 10 ground system on Dec. 2. This new ground system consolidates legacy Defense Support Program, SBIRS Highly Elliptical Orbit, and SBIRS Geosynchronous Earth Orbit
  • Air Force Ready to Launch WGS-8 Satellite

    The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners are scheduled to launch the eighth Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. Liftoff is scheduled for Dec. 7 from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch window opens at 6:53 p.m. EST
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