Tag Archives: National Reconnaissance Office

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Receives Briefing on Space Programs, National Security Threats

Lloyd Austin

Gen. Lloyd Austin, secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, met with John Hill, who is performing the duties of assistant secretary for Space Policy at the Pentagon, and other senior government and military officials to discuss space domain-related national security threats and programs.

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Space Force Eyes Satellite Imaging for Beyond-Line-Of-Sight Targeting; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force is in the early stages of studying the use of imaging data from small tactical satellites to detect targets beyond line of sight. Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that the Space Force seeks to closely coordinate with intelligence sector partners to explore the use of tactical satellite imaging,

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Executive Mosaic Names 2021 Wash100 Award Recipients; Cast Your 10 Votes TODAY

2021 Wash100 Award

Executive Mosaic, the leading provider in connecting, promoting and branding government and government contracting (GovCon) executives of consequence, has announced the recipients of the 2021 Wash100 Award. “We are thrilled to honor the winners of the 2021 Wash100 Award, said Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic. With the announcement, Executive Mosaic will begin to accept votes for this year’s Popular Vote Rankings.

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Intelligence Community Stands up Council for Commercial Space Systems

David Gauthier

The U.S. intelligence community has established a new council to augment how commercial space systems deliver data for intelligence operations. The Commercial Space Council seeks to identify how to accelerate intelligence deliveries that rely on commercial satellites. David Gauthier said the council will work to increase IC's understanding of commercial technologies and advise on the community's policy and strategy.

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NRL Appoints Stephen Meier as Director of Naval Center for Space Technology

Stephen Meier

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has appointed Stephen Meier, a three-decade federal government and private industry veteran, as director of its Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST) in a string of executive leadership appointments. Meier will be responsible for managing the center and its efforts to develop spacecraft systems and ground command-and-control terminals.

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Scot Currie: NGA Explores Commercial RF Data Integration With Agency’s Analytics Platforms

National Geospatial

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is examining the potential of analytics technology with commercial radio frequency data to support GEOINT applications as part of a pilot program that commenced in September 2020. The agency noted it wants to know the use of such information in mapping activity associated with radar imaging satellites and electro-optical sensors.

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NRO Completes Final Launch on SpaceX Falcon 9; Troy Meink Quoted

SpaceX Falcon 9

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has successfully completed its final launch of 2020, NROL-108. During the launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NRO used a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to transport NROL-108. “We are excited to partner with SpaceX again,” NRO principal deputy director Troy Meink said. 

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Maj. Gen. John Shaw Nominated to Lead Space Command

Lt. Gen. John Shaw

President Trump has nominated Maj. Gen. John Shaw, commander of the Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) and the Space Operations Command, to serve as deputy commander at the U.S. Space Command. Shaw will elevate to the rank of lieutenant general once he receives confirmation from the Senate, the Department of Defense (DoD) said Thursday.

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Christopher Scolese: Small Satellites Provide NRO More Opportunities to Do Science

Christopher Scolese

Christopher Scolese, director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), said the NRO is becoming more dependent on small satellites to support research experiments. He said the agency is leveraging low-cost launch services and small satellites to bring more technology platforms in space to explore future mission capabilities.

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Northrop’s Minotaur Rocket to Carry NRO Satellite Mission for Space Force

Minotaur Rocket

The U.S. Space Force has completed flight readiness review activities for a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) mission focused on sending four satellite payloads to orbit for intelligence missions. The Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) said that NRO Launch-129 will lift off from NASA’s launch complex on Wallops Island in Virginia as part of the Orbital/Suborbital Program 3 (OSP-3) initiative.

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