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NOAA to Seek Info on New Earth Observation Concepts; Karen St. Germain Quoted

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to solicit for input on geostationary orbit and low Earth orbit observation next month, Space News reported Thursday. The agency will seek out information on instruments and missions that address findings of an existing study to establish a resilient, agile space architecture. 

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John Ferrari: Army Looks to Space Development Agency for LEO-Based Satcom Capabilities

The U.S. Army kicked off discussions with the Space Development Agency to help provide ground forces access to satellites in the low-Earth orbit, SpaceNews reported Sunday. Ferrari, who most recently served as director of program analysis and evaluation at the Army, said that the SDA will play a lead role in serving as a space systems architect and establishing standards to facilitate the delivery of broadband communications and other LEO-based services to all service branches. 

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Michael Griffin Talks Space Development Agency’s Acquisition Strategy at Industry Day

Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the Space Development Agency’s acquisition strategy seeks to accelerate the development of capabilities that are cost effective and responsive to any threat, the DoD website reported Tuesday.

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Brian Thomas: NASA Eyes AI, Machine Learning Use in Four Categories

Brian Thomas, a data scientist at NASA and program manager for Open Innovation, said the space agency is looking to advance the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in aeronautics, human capital, information technology support and operations, Federal Times reported Friday. Thomas said on Wednesday that NASA plans to use AI and ML technologies to help with antenna positioning operations in order to facilitate contact with satellites during the AI World Government Conference. 

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Space Dev’t Agency Seeking Low-Earth Orbit Satcom Capabilities

The Space Development Agency looks to use rapid acquisition authorities for satellite communications capabilities to establish a low-Earth orbit constellation, Space News reported Tuesday. Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a breakfast meeting that the armed forces need “ubiquitous communications” that an LEO constellation can provide.

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Space Development Agency Prefers Leased Satellite Services for Future Network

Fred Kennedy, director of Space Development Agency, wants to lease commercial services to support the agency’s proposed satellite network in low-Earth orbit, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. “I would be very happy to simply lease commercial services from these mega providers,” he said at a recent event of Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Senate Panel OKs Funding for Pentagon’s Space-Based Sensor Layer

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a budget for the Pentagon's proposed space-based sensor layer to detect and track high-speed threats from Earth’s orbit, C4ISRNet reported Thursday. Funding for the project was added to the panel’s version of the $750 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, which now heads to the full Senate for confirmation. 

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4th Space Operations Squadron Secures Access of AEHF-4 Satellite

The Space and Missile Systems Center handed control of a satellite unit to the 4th Space Operations Squadron during a ceremony on May 3. Built by Lockheed Martin, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-4 satellite has received operability status from SMC and is slated to join the 4th SOPS' satellite constellation, the Schriever Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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USAF Secretary Heather Wilson Speaks to British Executives on Space Strategy

Heather Wilson, secretary of the U.S. Air Force and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, spoke about the service branch's space strategy during a recent event in London. She spoke in front of 200 stakeholders from government, commercial and academic communities at U.K.-based think tank Policy Exchange, USAF said Tuesday. “We all prefer that space remains peaceful, because if war extends into space everyone loses,” she stated.

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