Tag Archives: NRO

Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein to Lead USSF’s New Space Systems Command

Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein

Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, formerly the National Reconnaissance Office's deputy director, has assumed leadership of Space Systems Command, which will gather and develop space technologies that support the Pentagon's National Defense Strategy. SSC, which serves as the U. S. Space Force’s second field command, will launch, produce, maintain and test the service branch's space systems, USSF said Friday.

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Christopher Scolese: Commercial Systems Part of NRO’s Space Architecture

Christopher Scolese

Christopher Scolese, director of the National Reconnaissance Office and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said he expects commercial technology to play an important role in the agency's future space architecture as the threat landscape continues to evolve. “We're making architectural changes to improve resiliency, increase capacity and capabilities, and ensure the delivery of NRO mission-essential functions," Scolese said.

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NRO To Use Commercial Launch Providers For Low-Risk Space Missions; Col. Robert Bongiovi Quoted


The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) plans to use launch services outside of its usual National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program when needed to launch missions on tight schedules or deploy lower-cost research payloads. The NRO develops and operates the U.S. government’s spy satellites and typically uses the U.S. Space Force run NSSL program to get satellites into orbit. 

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NRO Plans Commercial Radar Imagery Procurement

Commercial Satellite

A National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) official said the agency is looking to award multiple contracts to access commercial imagery from synthetic aperture radar satellites to study how space data products could support the intelligence community mission. Pete Muend, director of NRO’s commercial systems program office, said the agency began the sourcing process after its market survey in November drew many responses from the private sector.

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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

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

Dave 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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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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U.S. Space Force Taps NSTXL to Manage Space Enterprise Consortium

U.S. Space Force

The U.S. Space Force has tapped a new manager for the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC), the agency’s prototyping organization, which will oversee $12 billion in awards for space-related projects over the next 10 years. The SMC Space Development Corps has selected National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) to manage its SpEC Reloaded portfolio.

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