Pence will meet with senior officials to discuss space launch activities, space traffic management and ongoing efforts to establish a U.S. Space Force.
Launch Service Agreement contract winners Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance have filed 'motions to intervene' in the lawsuit filed by SpaceX.
The Air Force announcement that it is paying ULA $449.8 million for three Delta 4 Heavy launches is only half the story.
An independent space service under the Air Force would add up to $1.3 billion a year in costs, says CBO, far more than DoD's estimate of $500 million.
NROL-68 is the second of three missions awarded to ULA under the Launch Vehicle Production Services contract.
The Air Force 45th Space Wing is gearing up for three high-profile space launches at Cape Canaveral over the coming months.
The National Guard Bureau is calling for the establishment of a Space National Guard as a reserve component to the Space Force.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said the hearing was an "opportunity to continue to gather facts and to fully explore the proposal."
A new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies focuses on four specific countries that pose the greatest risk for the United States: China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.
House Armed Service Committee Chairman Adam Smith on Thursday sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson questioning "what seems to be a rush to move ahead in the procurement strategy."
The Space Development Agency officially came into existence last week and already is causing a stir.
The White House said the Space Force will "initially realign existing space forces and materiel from the military services and will scale up responsibly and deliberately over the next several years."
Col. Bongiovi, director of SMC's Launch Enterprise Directorate, says the NSSL program will seek to leverage the U.S. commercial launch industry.
Now that the proposal has been kicked over to Congress, DoD faces what could be a harder-than-expected job communicating the Space Force plan to Congress and the public.
The Missile Defense Agency is evaluating nine proposals for space sensor architectures. With $73 million that Congress already appropriated, the agency will select three to continue on.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited the Pentagon on Thursday to roll out the 2019 Missile Defense Review.
In his first national security meeting as acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan said DoD should stay focused on the national defense strategy and the strategic competition with China.
DoD spokesman: "The intent is to ensure DoD leverages commercial space technology and accelerates the development and delivery of new capabilities."
The Air Force will need time to review SpaceX's performance as it executes EELV launches before it would consider flying military payloads on reusable rockets.
A preface to the draft legislative proposal says this "represents an initial effort to statutorily establish a United States Space Force as a 6th Armed Force within the Department of the Air Force."
President Trump on Tuesday directed the Department of Defense to establish a U.S. Space Command as a unified combatant command.
SpaceX on Tuesday scrubbed the Falcon 9 launch of the Air Force’s first GPS 3 satellite. Another attempt is planned for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
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