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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
LITTLETON, Colorado (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon’s biggest supplier, is ramping up its use of 3D printing and virtual reality simulators to drive down the huge costs of producing national security satellites and safeguard profits in the face of reductions in U.S. defense spending.
The company expects to finalize a government contract to buy two new missile-warning satellites in coming weeks for 40 percent less than projected by Pentagon cost estimators due to changes in its manufacturing methods, plant closures and layoffs. Analysts say the deal will be worth around $2 billion.
LITTLETON, Colorado (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp has begun final assembly of a new U.S. weather satellite that will allow the U.S. government to provide far earlier warnings about potentially deadly tornadoes and solar flares when it is launched in early 2016.
Lockheed this week powered on a key part of the satellite for the first time in a special “clean room” at a sprawling facility south of Denver, where engineers are assembling the satellite and testing components before the whole spacecraft moves to environmental and thermal vacuum testing in July.