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Peraton Supports Rapid SDA Satellite Launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9; Roger Mason Quoted

Roger Mason

Peraton announced on Thursday that two Space Development Agency (SDA) prototype satellites were successfully placed in orbit due to the company’s work to secure rideshare space on the SpaceX Transporter-2 mission and performance of launch integration activities. Peraton was required to support the SDA in this mission because of its Mission Systems Engineering and Integration (MSE&I) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. This contract calls for Peraton to assist in filling gaps where SDA lacks necessary in-agency capabilities.

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MDA to Develop Next Generation Space-Based Hypersonic Weapon Sensors

MDA

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has announced it will deorbit two Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) experimental missile warning satellites in the coming years and will focus on the development of next-generation Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) satellites to counter hypersonic missile threats.

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SDA Seeking Industry Feedback on Satellite Integration; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has chosen a multiple tranche development approach for its global satellite constellation systems for the Department of the Defense (DOD). No SDA satellites are flying yet, but the SDA has already requested industry feedback on how the Agency should upgrade its communications standards for its second generation of satellites. C4isrnet reported the story on Wednesday. 

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U.S. Space Force Aims to Fully Integrate Commercial Industry; Russell Teehan Quoted

U.S. Space Force

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) is attempting to optimize its commercial industry use by opening avenues for small businesses to work directly with the service branch. While the commercial industry has already played a significant role in the military's satellite communications and launch enterprises, the Space Force has not incorporated integrated commercial services more widely.

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Lockheed Martin Announced New ISR Satellite Line; Rick Ambrose Quoted

Rick Ambrose

Lockheed Martin announced on Tuesday its new line of rapid, integrated and economical tactical Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) satellites. The new ISR satellites are based on Lockheed’s LM 400 mid-size bus and will enable U.S. warfighters to track moving targets at long ranges and maneuver in highly contested environments quickly. 

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Space Force To Restructure Acquisition Organization; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) announced Thursday it will reorganize its acquisitions organization this summer. In an attempt to accelerate new technology delivery, the Space Systems Command (SSC) will replace the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). The new SSC will be responsible for developing, acquiring, fielding, sustaining space capabilities

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NASA Selects L3Harris For Next-Gen Weather Satellite Development; Edward Zoiss Quoted

Edward Zoiss

L3Harris Technologies announced on Monday that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected the company to develop a concept for next-generation geostationary weather imagers. The concept aims to help advance future severe weather tracking, forecasting and other Earth observations. L3Harris has strong experience in developing similar weather sensors. 

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Cobham-Built Tech Assists in Precision Landing of NASA Rover on Mars

Cobham Mission Systems

Cobham's mission systems business said Tuesday its space pyrotechnic valves on the NASA Perseverance rover mission supported precise landing on Mars. Eight valves fired at exactly the right moment to allow an on-target guided entry, descent and landing on Mars as the Rover’s transitioned from parachute to retrorockets deceleration.

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Viasat Awarded $50.8M Contract by AFRL For Satellite Integration Research

Viasat

Viasat has been awarded a seven-year $50.8 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to research integration between government and commercial satellite networks. Viasat will work with AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate to discover ways to integrate commercial satcom with government-owned satellites, so they all operate as a seamless network. 

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U.S. Space Force to Add Cyber Professionals to Defend Assets; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen.  John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force will begin onboarding cyber professionals from the U.S. Air Force into its ranks to protect sensitive systems and missions. The added personnel will work to defend installations, including ground terminals and space assets, such as satellites. Raymond said about 1,300 enlisted Air Force and officers will be transferred by the end of the month. 

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