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Paul Selva: LEO Satellites Could Provide Cheaper Broadband Services

Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Brookings Institute event that the efforts to miniaturize satellites are helping to reduce costs in constructing and deploying large constellations, C4ISRnet reported Thursday. Selva noted that this may result in broadband services hosted by low-Earth orbit satellites that are cheaper compared to fiber-optic networks.

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Air Force Accelerates Acquisition to Bring in New Capabilities

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said that congressional authorities for rapid technology prototyping and testing helped the service meet its Century Challenge milestone to cut 100 years from ongoing weapons development programs. The service said Thursday it started streamlining processes in May 2018 through the authorities provided by the Fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Pentagon Eyeing Future Satellites Capable of Dodging Attacks in Space

The Pentagon wants to give future satellite constellations the self defense capabilities to avoid missiles or other satellite-based weapons during an attack in space, Defense One reported Friday. U.S. Air Force officials announced the plan during a recent event on Capitol Hill, saying the Department of Defense has begun introducing changes to satellite systems.

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Joint US-Australia Space Surveillance Radar Becomes Fully Operational

The U.S. Air Force and Australia’s jointly-operated space surveillance radar system has achieved full operational capability status following completion of a relocation effort that began in 2014. Australia’s defense department said Tuesday the C-band radar system was transferred from Antigua to the Harold E. Holt Naval Communication Station in Western Australia. Australian defense …

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DARPA to Establish Industry & Govt Consortium for On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Standards

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to establish a consortium of government and industry space experts that will create technical and safety standards for on-orbit servicing operations of commercial satellites. DARPA said Tuesday the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations will research, develop and publish non-binding, consensus-derived technical and safety standards …

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NASA Seeks New Academic, Nonprofit Partners for CubeSat Launch Initiative

A NASA program has opened opportunities for accredited educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to design, build and operate nanosatellites and flight hardware. NASA said Friday it seeks partners for the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative to help facilitate the agency’s research programs in the areas of science, exploration, technology and education. Interested parties can submit …

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Ellen Pawlikowski: Air Force, Industry Work to Contain Satellite, Aircraft Program Costs

The U.S. Air Force‘s top military acquisition official has launched a collaborative effort that allows the branch and industry to exchange cost-saving ideas for weapons development, Reuters reported Thursday. Andrea Shalal writes Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said the Air Force seeks to apply cost containment strategies used in military satellite …

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