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May 24, 2014

Commercial approaches spur change in U.S. military space business

, May 23 (Reuters) – The U.S.
government’s growing acceptance of commercial military
satellites is opening the $20 billion-a-year market to new
companies and forcing big arms makers such as Lockheed Martin
and Boeing to change how they operate.

U.S. officials are trying to boost security of U.S. military
and intelligence satellites, with an eye on risks from space
debris and the proliferation of space-faring countries that
could target U.S. satellites in a war.

May 22, 2014

Lockheed, Austal respond to U.S. Navy query on small warship ideas

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 22 (Reuters) – Lockheed
Martin Corp and Australia’s Austal on Thursday
submitted their best ideas for the U.S. Navy’s next small
warship, as a Navy task force continues to reassess the future
of its $34 billion Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.

The Navy last month asked U.S. and foreign weapons makers to
submit cost and technical data on ship designs and weapons to
inform the work of a task force that is due to report on various
options by July 31, in time to help shape the Navy’s fiscal 2016
budget request.

May 22, 2014

US Air Force ‘not happy’ with delays on Lockheed GPS satellite

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 21 (Reuters) – A top U.S.
Air Force general on Wednesday said she was disappointed about
delays on the first Global Positioning System III satellite
being built by Lockheed Martin Corp, but believed the
company is taking steps to meet its commitments.

Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Air
Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, said Lockheed was
exploring a range of options for the program, including
replacing Exelis Inc, the subcontractor that has run
into trouble with the satellite’s navigation payload.

May 21, 2014

Boeing sees strong continued commercial demand for satellites

, May 21 (Reuters) – Boeing Co
, the world’s No. 1 commercial satellite producer, says
strong demand in the commercial market will help its satellite
division weather a downturn in U.S. defense spending and should
continue to boost revenues in coming years.

Commercial revenues should account for about 40 percent of
its satellite business in five or six years, up from 30 percent
now, and just eight percent around 2006, Craig Cooning, vice
president and general manager of Boeing’s space and intelligence
systems business, told Reuters in an interview late on Tuesday.

May 21, 2014

U.S. tests enhanced Aegis system, fires SM-3 missile onshore

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 21 (Reuters) – The United
States on Wednesday announced the first live-fire test of a
Raytheon Co SM-3 missile from the land-based version of
Lockheed Martin Corp’s Aegis missile defense system,
which will be operational in Romania next year.

Lockheed said it was the first test of the Aegis system
using a land-based missile launcher.

May 20, 2014

U.S. export control reforms starting to help U.S firms – official

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 20 (Reuters) – U.S. export
control reforms are helping U.S. companies sell more goods
overseas at a time when U.S. defense spending is declining, a
top U.S. Commerce Department official said.

Commerce Undersecretary Eric Hirschhorn told Reuters that
moving some items from the State Department’s tightly controlled
munitions list to the Commerce Department’s list of items that
could be more easily exported to allies was speeding up the
export process and helping U.S. companies.

May 20, 2014

U.S. Air Force says working hard to certify new rocket launcher

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air
Force is working as fast as it can to certify the ability of
privately held Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to
compete for work launching military and intelligence satellites
into orbit, a top general said Tuesday.

General William Shelton, who heads the Air Force Space
Command, said SpaceX was likely to achieve certification in
December or January, but the process could not be accelerated
given the complex issues that still needed to be addressed.

May 20, 2014

US official sees approval for higher resolution commercial imagery

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Reuters) – The U.S. government will eventually approve a bid by commercial space imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc (DGI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to sell higher resolution satellite images, the head of the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday.

“It’s going to happen. Technology is moving in that direction,” NGA Director Letitia Long told an annual space conference hosted by the Space Foundation.

May 20, 2014

Lockheed-Boeing venture says rocket launch costs lower than claimed by rival

, May 19 (Reuters) – A joint venture
of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co on Monday
said its rocket launch costs were far lower than claimed by its
rival, privately-held Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX,
which is suing the U.S. government for shutting it out of the
lucrative rocket launch business.

United Launch Alliance President Michael Gass told reporters
at a space conference in Colorado that his company was providing
rocket launches to the U.S. Air Force and other customers for an
average cost of $225 million per launch, far less than the $460
million amount cited by SpaceX.

May 20, 2014

Military acquisition rules hamper U.S. ability to counter cyber threats

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – U.S. military experts on Monday said current acquisition rules hamper their ability to respond quickly to a growing number of cyber attacks against U.S. weapons and computer networks and new approaches are needed.

Kristina Harrington, director of the signals intelligence directorate at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), said acquisition programs typically take about two years to initiate and execute, but rapidly changing threats in the cyber domain require a different approach.