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  • Air Force awards $20 million contract for Enterprise Ground Services satellite operations

    The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Enterprise Ground Services project office has awarded a $20 million Phase III Small Business Innovative Research contract -- with a $100 million ceiling -- to Braxton Technologies of Colorado Springs, Colorado to support EGS satellite operations prototyping and integration.  “We are excited to embark on this
  • SBIRS GEO 5, 6 Contract Awarded

    The U.S. Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a $1.86 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., for production of the fifth and sixth Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous missile-warning satellites. This contract award realized more than $1 billion in savings as a result of the
  • GPS IIF-5 Successfully Launched from Cape Canaveral AFS

    The U. S. Air Force successfully launched the fifth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle at 8:59 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Feb. 20.The Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite will join the GPS constellation providing world class space-based positioning,
  • SBIRS HEO-3 Shipped

    The third Space BasedInfrared Systems (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) payload was shippedJune 12 to the host space vehicle program. The HEO payload is a high-techspace-based sensor capable of detecting missile launches around the globe.The payload will be integrated with a host spacecraft and prepared forlaunch.Prior to shipment, HEO-3 passed
  • SMC Enters into Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with SpaceX

    The Space and Missile Systems Center has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, as part of the company's effort to certify its Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch System for National Security Space (NSS) missions. This cooperative agreement facilitates data exchanges and
  • Fifth Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite Launched

    The U.S. Air Force's  fifth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft (WGS-5) was successfully launched on a  United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force  Station, Fla., on May 24, the first step in its journey to expand satellite  communications services to the warfighter.Over the next several months, the satellite will
  • Rescue Airmen support GPS satellite rocket launch

    Reserve Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., supported the successful launch of an Atlas V rocket May 15 at 5:38 p.m. EDT from Space Complex 41.The rocket launched with the first GPS satellite since 1985. The satellite will provide precision navigation and timing to U.S. military forces and civilian users worldwide. Of
  • Fifth WGS Satellite Set to Launch

    The Air Force has scheduled the launch of a WGS satellite aboard a Delta IV launch vehicle on May 23 from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This is the fifth launch for the WGS constellation and the third WGS launch on the Delta IV launch vehicle. The WGS-5 satellite will provide military forces with enhanced
  • WGS-6 Satellite Shipment Postures Air Force for Launch

    The U.S. Air Force's sixth Wideband Global Satellite communication spacecraft arrived at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., today. The shipment of WGS-6 marks an important milestone for the spacecraft and launch campaign. Following arrival at the Shuttle Landing Facility, the spacecraft will undergo final processing,