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  • EPS Follow-on Payload Program Completes Successful Delta Critical Design Review

    The Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization (EPS-R) Payload program reached a major program milestone completing a successful Delta Critical Design Review (CDR), Oct. 9. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) is the EPS-R Payload developer via an approximately $410 million contract awarded in February 2018 that runs through December 2023. The CDR
  • USSPACECOM Operationally Accepts WGS-10 Satellite

    On Nov.19, U.S. Space Command accepted Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS)-10 into the operational constellation and will be transitioning users to utilize the bandwidth provided by this new satellite. Boeing completed verification of the satellite’s performance and handed control authority to the Air Force on July 10. Following handover, Space and
  • E.P.I.C. Speed Ahead – SMC at ‘Full Operating Capability’

    The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has completed the largest transformation in its 65-year history and is now at full operating capability (FOC) over one month ahead of schedule. During the past 18 months of transformation known as “SMC 2.0,” the center has eliminated layers of bureaucracy, flattened the organization and put key
  • Big wins for small business expected at Air Force Space Pitch Day

    On Nov. 5, the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) kicked-off the first Air Force Space Pitch Day event in which the center is expected to green light up to $50 million in contract awards.During this two-day event, small businesses and start-ups will pitch to a specific Air Force Space mission set in hopes of scoring a contract
  • Air Force welcomes small businesses to pitch their “BIG” ideas

    With up to $50 million in contracts on the line, non-traditional and small businesses are gathering in the "City by the Bay" to attend the Air Force Space Pitch Day event, hosted by the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Nov. 5-6. in San Francisco, Calif. The two-day event will feature esteemed keynotes, expert panels, innovative startup
  • Space and Missile Systems Center payloads arrive at International Space Station on NASA commercial resupply mission

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and its mission partners successfully delivered the Aerospace Rogue Alpha/Beta CubeSats and Space Test Program Satellite-4 (STPSat-4) to the International Space Station.The mission, designated NG-12, started with the on-time launch of an upgraded Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Antares 230+
  • Aerospace Rogue Alpha/Beta CubeSats successfully launched to the International Space Station

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and its mission partners successfully launched the Aerospace Rogue Alpha/Beta Cube Satellites, Nov. 2.  Lift-off occurred at 9:59 a.m. EDT from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus capsule will dock with the International Space Station and the satellites will remain there until
  • Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise team wins David Packard Award

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise team has won the 2019 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award. The Packard Award recognizes Department of Defense organizations for innovation and best acquisition practices. SMC’s Launch Enterprise team crafted an acquisition strategy of innovative public-private
  • Space and Missile Systems Center begins National Security Launch Architecture Study – Requesting Information from Industry on Launch Capabilities and Architectures

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile System Center released a Request for Information (RFI) today to learn more about industry’s innovative developments in launch, on-orbit maneuverability, and commodity transport architectures for on-orbit servicing.  SMC will use this information to assess if and how it can leverage such capabilities to satisfy
  • Breast Cancer: Men are also susceptible

    What do actor Richard Roundtree ("Shaft"), KISS drummer Peter Criss and two-time NFL Player of the Year Paul Dombroski of the New England Patriots have in common with thousands of other men? They are all survivors of male breast cancer.With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, organizations from the National Football League to
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