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John Hill Testifies Before House Panel on Need for Common Guidelines for Space Operations

John Hill

John Hill, who is performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense for space policy at the Department of Defense, said having standard guidelines for operations in space comes with many benefits. "Among these are a safer, more sustainable, more stable and more predictable space operating environment for all space operators," Hill said Wednesday during his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.

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FAA Celebrates 2020 Record of Licensed Space Operations; Elaine Chao Quoted

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved 41 commercial space launches and reentries in 2020, breaking a new record in the area. “This record-setting year in launches, and the new streamlined launch and reentry licensing regulations, bode well for continued rapid growth of America’s commercial space sector,” said Elaine Chao, secretary of Transportation.

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NASA Publishes Best Practices Handbook to Improve Space Operations; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

NASA has published the Spacecraft Conjunction Assessment and Collision Avoidance Best Practices Handbook to provide insight on best practices for coordinating in-orbit activity safely. “Now is the time for all space operators to leverage innovative commercially available space situational awareness data, information, and analysis to mitigate the potential for in-orbit collisions and sustain key orbital regimes,” said NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Jim Bridenstine.

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Space Operations Command Assumes Control Authority Over Lockheed-Made AEHF-6 Satellite

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The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center handed control authority of the sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite to Space Operations Command in late October. Space Vehicle 6 completes the AEHF satellite constellation designed to provide military leaders and warfighters jam-resistant communications and command and control capabilities during a nuclear war.

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Brig. Gen. Douglas Schiess to Take Director Role at Space Operations Command

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Brig. Gen. Douglas Schiess, commander of the U.S. Space Force’s 45th Space Wing, has been appointed director of space and cyber operations at the military branch’s Space Operations Command. Schiess concurrently serves as director of the Space Force’s Eastern Range at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, the Department of Defense (DoD) said Tuesday.

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Air Force Activates 867th Cyberspace Operations Group; Col. Jeffrey Phillips Quoted

Col. Jeffrey Phillips

The U.S. Air Force reorganized some units in order to form a new cyber group in support of U.S. Cyber Command in an effort to bring together cyber developers, operators and intelligence forces. The 867th cyberspace operations group at Fort Meade in Maryland will operate under the 67th cyberspace wing

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Lt. Gen. David Thompson Nominated as Vice Chief of Space Operations

Lt. Gen. David Thompson

Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the U.S. Space Force, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as the service’s vice chief of space operations. Defense Secretary and 2020 Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper also announced Thompson’s nomination for promotion to the rank of general. 

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Magellan GPS III Satellite Turned Over to Space Operations Command; Ed Byrne Quoted

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Space Operations Command has received control of a GPS satellite designed to boost the accuracy of positioning, navigation and timing information threefold. Space and Missile Systems Center, now part of the U.S. Space Force, turned the second GPS III space vehicle or GPS III SV02 over to the command, Los Angeles Air Force Base said Tuesday.

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Brig. Gen. Michael Conley Given Role at Space Operations Command

Brig. Gen. Michael Conley, who leads U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command's 1st Special Operations Wing, has been appointed to fill a role at the U.S. Space Force. He will serve as vice commander of the USSF's Space Operations Command, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Department of Defense said Thursday.

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