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Apr 19, 2015

DigitalGlobe unveils new tools for troops, others to use imagery

, April 19 (Reuters) – DigitalGlobe
Inc this week unveiled new Web-based tools that could
help military troops, relief workers and others use its
high-resolution satellite images, social media feeds and other
data without needing massive bandwidth.

The tools, which are in beta-testing now, give users access
to complex data processing done in the cloud, including rapid
analysis about everything from helicopter and paratrooper
landing sites to social media usage in a specific area.

Apr 17, 2015

U.S. eyes new ways to prepare and win future war in space

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – The United States needs disruptive new technologies, new ways of acquiring equipment and bandwidth, and closer ties with global allies to stay ahead of growing challenges in space from China, Russia and others, the head of U.S. Air Force Space Command told Reuters.

General John Hyten said the United States had been bracing for threats to its satellite systems for years, but continued anti-satellite testing by potential foes had fueled a fresh sense of urgency in both industry and government about the need to prepare to win a possible war in space.

Apr 16, 2015

U.S. Air Force sees next step for rocket launch contest by June

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force plans to ask satellite launch providers and engine makers next month or in early June to explain how they would partner up to develop a new launch vehicle powered by a U.S.-built engine, a top Air Force general said on Thursday.

General John Hyten, who heads Air Force Space Command, told Reuters the Air Force was finalizing its strategy for spending $220 million in funds set aside by Congress in the fiscal 2015 budget, and would issue a request for proposals soon.

Apr 16, 2015

U.S. Air Force moves toward common satellite control system

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is studying how to develop a common ground system to track, communicate with and control all the satellites it operates, a move that would save money and improve cybersecurity, the head of Air Force Space Command said on Thursday.

General John Hyten said in an interview that several options were under discussion that would free up money to focus on the sensors on different satellite systems that are used for communications, navigation, missile warning and other missions.

Apr 16, 2015

Lockheed eyes cost cuts, reputation in satellite business

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has long dominated the U.S. military space market, but it is fighting harder than ever to cut costs, become more innovative, and shed a reputation for arrogance, Mark Valerio, the head of its military satellite unit, said in an interview.

Lockheed, the Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier, interviewed 60 officials at the Pentagon, Air Force Space Command and the Air Force’s Space and Missiles Systems Center late last year as part of a broader drive to improve its relationships with the U.S. government, Valerio said.

Apr 16, 2015

U.S. defense official cites concerns about attacks on satellites

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on Wednesday underscored growing concerns about potential threats to key military and intelligence satellites, and said the U.S. government needed innovative and integrated ways to respond to any such attacks.

Work told a classified session at the annual Space Symposium conference that space assets were “absolutely critical” to the U.S. military’s ability to operate and fight future wars, and the Pentagon would take action to defend those assets, according to his spokeswoman, Lieutenant Commander Courtney Hillson.

Apr 16, 2015

U.S. FAA says plans careful look at Orbital report on rocket blast

, April 15 (Reuters) – The U.S.
Federal Aviation Administration will carefully review an Orbital
ATK-led investigation into an October rocket explosion to
ensure that all possible causes were properly considered, a top
FAA official said Wednesday.

“We eagerly look forward to seeing what they have to say and
making sure we understand it and agree with it before allowing
them to go ahead with future launches,” George Nield, associate
administrator for commercial space transportation, told Reuters
after a speech at the annual Space Symposium conference.

Apr 16, 2015

Lockheed, Boeing venture says engine uncertainty could jeopardize new rocket

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – A joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co on Wednesday said uncertainty over its use of Russian rocket engines for Air Force satellite launches could undermine its plans to build a new rocket with a U.S. engine.

Tory Bruno, president of the United Launch Alliance joint venture, told Reuters that Lockheed and Boeing could halt investment in the new rocket unless ULA gets permission to use 29 already ordered Russian engines for Air Force launches.

Apr 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force says GPS glitch even older than first believed

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – A technical messaging error with some global positioning system (GPS) satellites first emerged in 2011, two years earlier than previously disclosed, but affected only very few communications messages, the U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday.

Air Force Space Command last month first acknowledged the issue, which affects the way the ground control system builds and uploads messages transmitted by the GPS IIF satellites, but said it did not affect the accuracy of GPS signals.

Apr 15, 2015

Pentagon officials see business opportunities in space sector

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – Top U.S. military officials on Tuesday said a new push to defend U.S. government satellites against potential attacks by China or other countries created promising new business opportunities for arms makers, non-traditional suppliers and international firms.

Doug Loverro, deputy assistant defense secretary for space policy, said the Pentagon was seeking an initial $5.5 billion over the next five years to beef up protection of space assets and ground networks, and said that sum would grow in coming years.