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Matt Desch: Iridium Considers Final ‘NEXT’ Satellite Launch an ‘Important Milestone’

Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company considers the upcoming launch of the last and eighth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites as “the most important milestone of all,” Via Satellite reported Thursday. The Iridium-8 mission is now scheduled to launch Tuesday, Jan. 8, aboard a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg …

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Air Force Invites Potential Partners to ISR Industry Day

The U.S. Air Force will host a event on Feb. 12 and 13 to discuss training requirements of the military service’s 17th Training Wing with interested vendors. A FedBizOpps notice posted Thursday states that the Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance industry day seeks to explore potential applications of government and commercial technology platforms …

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General Atomics to Integrate Hosted Payload for NOAA Space Data Collection Program

A General Atomics business unit has received a delivery order from the U.S. Air Force to integrate a satellite payload into an orbital test bed in support of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mission. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems will launch a 242.5-pound OTB satellite for the Argos Advanced Data Collection System designed to collect …

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Elbit’s U.S. Arm to Provide Component for Raytheon Targeting System; Raanan Horowitz Quoted

Raytheon has selected Elbit Systems‘ U.S.-based subsidiary to provide a laser component for the Multi-Spectral Targeting System, an electro-optical surveillance system designed for use with military aircraft systems. Elbit said Thursday its subsidiary will deliver the component, known as the Two Color Laser System, to Raytheon in 2019. Raanan Horowitz, …

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DynCorp to Help Coast Guard Maintain C-130 Aircraft

DynCorp has received a potential five-year, $51.4M contract to provide depot level maintenance and progressive structural inspection for the U.S. Coast Guard‘s C-130H and C-130J aircraft. Inspection efforts under the contract would aim to verify the aircraft’s airworthiness in accordance with the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program, the company said Monday. …

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Army Orders Raytheon-Built Air Defense Radars

The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon a four-year, $51.9M contract to supply air defense radars designed to help soldiers counter aircraft and cruise missile threats. The company will provide 50 Enhanced Sentinel A3 radars along with associated spares to the military service, the Department of Defense said Friday. Contract work will take place in Fullerton, Calif., …

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Air Force Aims to Boost Military Satcom System’s Cybersecurity With New Software, Ground Equipment

The U.S. Air Force has begun to develop new software and ground system to protect military satellite communications equipment operating through the service’s Wideband Global Satcom system from cyber threats, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. The service has started to work on anti-jam communications software – Protected Tactical Waveform – and ground platform …

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Sends First Lockheed-Built GPS III Satellite to Orbit; Johnathon Caldwell Quoted

The first GPS III satellite that Lockheed Martin built for the U.S. Air Force took off Sunday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. GPS III Space Vehicle 01 established communications with the defense contractor’s launch-and-checkout facility in Denver nearly two hours after launch, Lockheed said Sunday. …

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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: National Defense Strategy, NDAA Key Drivers for Unified Satcom Architecture

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch of Inmarsat Government has said industry and military leaders have initiated several space-related measures in 2018 meant to establish a resilient, global and integrated satellite communication architecture. Those actions include the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, National Defense Strategy and the Joint Space Operations Center’s transition to the Combined …

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