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

Lockheed-Built AEHF-6

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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Mars InSight Lander Reaches Surface; Peraton’s Sonny Giroux Speaks

After piggybacking on the Atlas V rocket for 300,000 miles across space, NASA’s Insight lander has successfully descended onto Mars' surface, Peraton said Monday. Insight settled onto the plains of Mars’ Elysium Planitia at 12 p.m. PST on Nov 26th.

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Following months of rigorous preparation, the 75-person team at Peraton worked closely with NASA’s Deep Space Network to send the probe into Mars’ atmosphere. It took seven minutes for InSight to penetrate through the atmosphere at 12,000 miles per hour. Despite the risk of failure, InSight landed on the surface without any help from mission control.

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NOAA Weather Satellite Arrives in Geostationary Orbit

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather satellite on Monday reached geostationary orbit and is set to carry out the second deployment phase for solar array components Tuesday. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S officially adopted the name GOES-17 following its arrival at the geostationary orbit and is scheduled to enter the post-launch calibration …

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House Appropriations Panel Proposes $22M Budget for FAA Commercial Space Transpo Office

The House Appropriations Committee’s transportation, housing and urban development bill would allocate $21.6 million in fiscal 2018 funds to the Federal Aviation Administration’s commercial space transportation office, Space News reported Tuesday. The proposed budget in the draft appropriations bill reflects a $1.7 million increase from AST’s funds under the omnibus …

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Report: Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane to Conduct Exercise in Orbit

The U.S. Air Force has said a Boeing-built robotic space plane is scheduled to perform an on-orbit exercise this week, Space.com reported Tuesday. Irene Klotz writes that X-37B, also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, was designed to remain in orbit for at least 270 days and demonstrate technologies for reusable uncrewed spacecraft as well as …

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NOAA Sets Nov. 4 Launch Date for 1st Next-Generation Geostationary Weather Satellite

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has scheduled the launch of its first out of four next-generation geostationary weather satellites into space for Nov. 4 from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard an Atlas V rocket. NOAA said Tuesday the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R is designed to scan the Earth five times faster, provide four times greater image resolution and use triple …

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Ash Carter: Pentagon Needs to Continue RD-180 Engine Buys

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said the Pentagon must continue its purchases of Russian RD-180 rocket engines until the U.S. can find an alternative to the United Launch Alliance‘s Atlas V, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. Colin Clark writes that Carter told the Senate Appropriation defense subcommittee the military needs to buy at least 18 RD-180 engines …

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