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Space Force Seeks Commercial Partners for ‘Deep Space’ Defense Acrhitecture; Col. Russell Teehan, Col. Joseph Roth Quoted

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The U.S. Space Force plans to partner with commercial entities for government programs aimed at establishing a deep-space architecture. Col. Russell Teehan said that the military branch envisions a “notional operational architecture” that will defend the nation’s space assets while handling strategic and theater activities.

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Northrop’s Minotaur Rocket to Carry NRO Satellite Mission for Space Force

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The U.S. Space Force has completed flight readiness review activities for a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) mission focused on sending four satellite payloads to orbit for intelligence missions. The Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) said that NRO Launch-129 will lift off from NASA’s launch complex on Wallops Island in Virginia as part of the Orbital/Suborbital Program 3 (OSP-3) initiative.

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Walter Lauderdale: Space Force Allows SpaceX to Perform Booster Recovery in Second GPS Launch

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Walter Lauderdale of the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) said the center has decided to allow SpaceX to recover a Falcon 9 booster after months of examinations and reviews of the rocket’s mission data. SpaceX is set to launch a GPS satellite aboard its Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday, June 30, from Cape Canaveral in Florida. 

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Space Force Maintains Industrial Activities in Calif Amid COVID-19

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Space and Missile Systems Center, now part of the U.S. Space Force, approached California's state and local officials to maintain space technology production activities amid the coronavirus outbreak, Space News reported Wednesday. Lt. Gen. John Thompson, SMC's commander, said they had to sustain authorities' awareness of work being done in support of national defense.

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Space Force Announces Readiness of New Signals Jammer

The U.S. Space Force has declared operational capability of a new ground-based communications jammer designed to disrupt enemy satellite communications, Space News reported Sunday. Space and Missile Systems Center tested the L3Harris-made Counter Communications System Block 10.2 over a year before achieving operational status.

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USAF Decommissions 22-Year-Old Weather Data Satellite

The U.S. Air Force and its partners have decommissioned a satellite that provided global weather data for over two decades. The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 14 satellite performed more than 118K orbits throughout its operational life before the decommissioning on Feb. 11, Los Angeles Air Force Base said Thursday.

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Lt. Gen. John Thompson: USAF Space, Missile Center to Take More Risks

The U.S. Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center plans to further engage nontraditional technology companies with an accelerated, high-risk approach this year, Space News reported Tuesday. Lt. Gen. John Thompson, who commands SMC, said at the SmallSat Symposium that the center will pursue calculated risks in efforts to demonstrate and prototype new technologies.

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