Space Force readies narrowband satellite communications solicitation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force expects to release a solicitation early next year for two Mobile User Objective System satellites, a multibillion effort meant to ensure military users have access to secure communications. The service operates four active MUOS spacecraft and one on-orbit spare, all built by Lockheed Martin through a program that originated with the Navy, but transferred to the... Read more about Space Force readies narrowband satellite communications solicitation

AFRL to get $5 million for Edwards rocket lab

The Air Force will invest $5 million in the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate Rocket Propulsion Division (AFRL Rocket Lab) at Edwards Air Force Base, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said this week. The division is at the “cutting edge of space and flight technology development, and this funding signals the critical role that East Kern (Calif.) and this installation... Read more about AFRL to get $5 million for Edwards rocket lab

Breaking out of intelligence silos: SSC seeks to empower decision-making through regular threat briefings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Scientia potentia est is Latin for “Knowledge is Power.” You might call it Lt. Col. Brian Russell’s mantra. As the Deputy Director of Intelligence for Space Systems Command (SSC), Russell leads a team dedicated to carrying out Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein’s order that every military and civilian member at SSC attend at least one threat intelligence briefing per month. “Space... Read more about Breaking out of intelligence silos: SSC seeks to empower decision-making through regular threat briefings

1st FW: removing barriers, conquering challenges, always innovating

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) -- “Innovation is more than a buzzword ... It is evolutionary or revolutionary changes to existing processes, capabilities, and mindsets," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. In line with this vision, the 1st Fighter Wing developed a team to transform its Airmen’s innovative ideas into reality. The team became known as the innovation cell and is... Read more about 1st FW: removing barriers, conquering challenges, always innovating

AFRL is creating a “cyber range” for space operations

The Air Force Research Laboratory is a pioneer in the identification, creation, and integration of accessible technologies for the air, space, and cyberspace forces. While investing in fundamental research, applied research, and the creation of cutting-edge technologies, the lab serves external clients and collaborates with the industry. The Air Force, as well as the Space Force both, rely on AFRL... Read more about AFRL is creating a “cyber range” for space operations

Exoskeleton to enhance safety, retention for aerial porters, others

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- The pneumatically-powered exoskeleton, developed by ROAM Robotics as part of a Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant, is displayed during an Air Force Research Laboratory demonstration Oct. 6, 2022, at the Air Force Reserve Command’s 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The pneumatically-powered exoskeleton... Read more about Exoskeleton to enhance safety, retention for aerial porters, others

IonQ to support US AFRL’s quantum computing research efforts

IonQ has been awarded a $13.4m contract to provide quantum computing-based solutions to the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). Under this contract, the company will provide AFRL with access to its trapped ion systems to support the quantum computing hardware research and quantum algorithms and applications’ development. Specifically, this firm-fixed-price contract will support the delivery and... Read more about IonQ to support US AFRL’s quantum computing research efforts

Next Ohio Defense & Aerospace Forum will be in Dayton

In an increasingly dangerous world, Ohio is indispensable to the defense of the United States, participants in the 2022 Ohio Defense & Aerospace Forum agreed Monday. The Dayton Development Coalition and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner launched the forum as a venue to celebrate and grow Ohio’s role in national defense. While the forum has been held in the state’s capital since its inception in 2016, leaders... Read more about Next Ohio Defense & Aerospace Forum will be in Dayton

National Space Council to ask industry for input on new space rules

AMOS 2022 — The National Space Council is planning to hold “learning sessions” with commercial industry to gather information on both new types of space missions and views about what space safety and sustainability rules might be required for those operations, according to Director of Commercial Space Policy Diane Howard. The input, she told the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance (AMOS)... Read more about National Space Council to ask industry for input on new space rules

The next energy frontier: A race for solar power from space?

WASHINGTON — The idea of using satellites to capture solar radiation in space and beam it back to Earth to use as energy was first posited in 1968, and first caught the interest of the US government during the mid/late-1970s “energy crisis.” After a number of technology development initiatives by NASA and the Energy Department fizzled out due to technical and funding challenges, the Defense... Read more about The next energy frontier: A race for solar power from space?