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  • GPS III Space Vehicle 02 “Magellan” arrives in Florida; Prepares for July launch

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate achieved another major program milestone March 19, successfully delivering the second GPS III Space Vehicle to Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida to begin satellite launch processing. “The shipment of this second GPS III satellite is once
  • Air Force, Education and Industry Partners Work Together to Gather Space Radiation Data

    Iridium Communications launched its last cluster of communication satellites to finish the new Iridium NEXT constellation, Jan 11. Also aboard the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, the U.S. Air Force completed a set of space radiation sensors: the Responsive Environmental Assessment Commercially Hosted constellation, known as REACH.Consisting of 32 hosted
  • Air Force, Government and Industry Partners Successfully Launch WGS-10 Satellite

    The Air Force successfully launched the 10th Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle for the U.S. from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 8:26 p.m. EDT, March 15.This mission demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s continued commitment to
  • Air Force Ready to Launch Tenth WGS Satellite

    The U.S. Air Force has scheduled another launch to enhance the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, the nation’s highest-capacity military communications system.The tenth WGS satellite will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle on March 15 from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,
  • Airmen honored for quick thinking

    Nothing seemed out of the ordinary at Peterson Air Force Base the evening of Nov. 20, 2018, as Airman 1st Class Matthew Huff, 21st Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, Staff Sgt. Branden Smithwick, 21st SFS military working dog handler, and Airman 1st Class Anthony Bustamante, 21st SFS Armory, prepared to close down the Peterson
  • NEWS RELEASE: Air Force selects first-ever ‘Visionary Q-Prize’ challenge cash-prize winners

    Twenty-six “Visionary Q-Prize” innovation challenge solutions submitted by non-traditional acquisition sources such as universities, individuals and small companies from 10 different countries were narrowed down to eight cash-prize winners in two categories last week, with the first-place winners in two categories receiving $20,000. Second through fourth place winners received $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.
  • Mickey Hartinger, spouse of AFSPC founding father, dies at 79

    Mildred Etta “Mickey” Hartinger, wife of Gen. (Ret.) James V. Hartinger, first former Air Force Space Command commander from 1982 to 1984, died at the age of 79.
  • Team Vandenberg Hosts Combined Space Operations Coalition Summit

    The Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC) hosted a Combined Space Operation Coalition Summit with more than 120 defense personnel from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Feb. 19 - 22, 2019. The primary objective for the summit was to work with coalition partners to define and develop the way ahead to transition the Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) to Full Operational Capability (FOC).
  • Air Force awards $739 million launch service contracts

    The United States Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), in partnership with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), awarded two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch service contracts today.
  • Milstar program reaches 25 year milestone

    Milstar formerly known as the Military Strategic and Tactical Relay, launched February 7, 1994, has reached twenty-five years’ of service. Milstar is responsible for providing the President, Secretary of Defense and the U.S. armed forces with reliable satellite communications, ensuring minimal interception or detection. Designed to overcome enemy jamming and nuclear effects, Milstar is a robust and reliable communication system.
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