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Air Force Acquisition Head Looking at Small Launch Industry to Build ‘Responsive Space’

The U.S. Air Force’s top acquisition official wants to increase the service’s partnerships with the small launch industry to utilize small satellites for missions commonly supported by large spacecrafts, Space News reported Wednesday. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, announced the initiative after a meeting with Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson at the Pentagon.

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Pentagon Eyes European-Built Rockets to Launch Military Satellites

Pentagon officials are investigating the use European-built rockets to launch U.S. military satellites to space as part of an effort to sever the nation’s reliance on Russian engines, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Claire Leon, U.S. Air Force’s rocket-acquisition officer, told a space conference that the military has kicked …

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Leon Panetta: US Gave $70M in FY 2012 Funds for Israel Iron Dome

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted more than 400 rockets targeted at densely-populated locations in Israel, accounting for an 85 percent success rate, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. According to the American Forces Press Service, Panetta said the U.S. contributed $70 million for the system in fiscal year …

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NASA Extending Contract to Use Russian Rockets

According to the Orlando Sentinel, top NASA officials are working to extend a contract with Moscow that would continue using Russian rockets to fly U.S. astronauts into space until 2016. NASA is reportedly paying Russia $1.5 billion over the next five years to transport its astronauts to and from the …

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NASA Unveils Shuttle Replacement

The Space Shuttle made its final landing in July, leaving NASA to plan for future manned missions. The space agency unveiled the Shuttle’s replacement Wednesday, announcing it is moving forward with the Space Launch System. The Space Launch System would carry astronauts into deep space in a capsule, Orion Multi-Purpose …

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