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Patrick Shanahan Hints at Possible NRO Integration Into Space Force

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon could integrate the National Reconnaissance Office into the Space Force into the future, Defense News reported Thursday. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), SASC ranking member, asked about the Department of Defense’s reason for not putting NRO under the new service branch and Shanahan said DoD didn’t want to delay the formation of the new force.

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Space Dev’t Agency Plans to Issue Smallsat Capabilities RFI Ahead of 2022 Launch

The Department of Defense’s recently established Space Development Agency is slated to release a request for information on low Earth orbit small satellite capabilities by summer of this year, Space News reported Wednesday. Fred Kennedy, director of the SDA, told reporters that he intends to launch SDA satellites into orbit by 2022. 

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USAF Gen. John Hyten: Single Entity Could Address Integration Issue Between Satellites, Terminals

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said he believes a single organization can address the synchronization issue between satellites and their corresponding terminals, National Defense reported Wednesday. Hyten said at the Space Symposium that Air Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, who was nominated to serve as head of U.S. Space Command in March, could play a role in addressing the problem.

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NASA Resumes Work With India After Short Suspension

NASA is resuming cooperation with India’s space agency following a brief suspension due to New Delhi’s March 27 anti-satellite test of a ground-launched missile that destroyed a space satellite, SpaceNews reported Sunday. Al Condes, associate administrator for international and interagency relations at NASA, sent a letter on March 29 to K. Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, saying the U.S. was suspending its participation in the NASA-ISRO Human Space Flight Working Group. 

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Defense Official Says Military Needs to Bolster Space Technology

Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, said that the U.S. must do more and adapt new organizations, policies, doctrine, capabilities and joint force employment to retain military dominance in space.

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FCC OKs SpaceX to Provide COMSAT-Based Broadband Services

The Federal Communications Commission has authorized SpaceX to provide satellite-based broadband services across the U.S. and the globe. The company proposed to use a constellation consisting of 4,425 satellites and was approved to do so with Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) band frequencies, FCC said Thursday. SpaceX’s non-geostationary-satellite orbit, fixed-satellite service constellation …

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