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Lt. Col. Ryan Rose on Space Force’s Small Satellite Launch Plans

Lt. Col. Ryan Rose

Lt. Col. Ryan Rose, chief of the small launch and targets division of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) launch enterprise, said the U.S. Space Force plans to assess and work with as many small launch providers as possible and determine how to procure services from such companies to meet future demand.

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force to Launch Space Systems Command in Spring 2021

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the U.S. Space Force plans to establish its proposed Space Systems Command (SSC) in early 2021. Raymond said that the service branch concluded its final planning procedures for SSC and is slated to brief U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett in the coming weeks. 

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Space Operations Command Assumes Control Authority Over Lockheed-Made AEHF-6 Satellite

Lockheed-Built AEHF-6

The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center handed control authority of the sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite to Space Operations Command in late October. Space Vehicle 6 completes the AEHF satellite constellation designed to provide military leaders and warfighters jam-resistant communications and command and control capabilities during a nuclear war.

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Lt. Gen. John Thompson: Space Force’s Budget to Rise in Coming Years

Lt. Gen. John Thompson

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said the U.S. Space Force expects to see its budget increase in the next few years as the Department of Defense (DoD) prioritizes spending on space platforms. The new service branch is working on budget requests for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. 

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Lt. Gen. John Thompson: Space Force Updating Contracts to Cover Advanced Cyber Measures

Lt. Gen. John Thompson

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said the service is modifying its contracts to ensure that companies implement advanced cybersecurity measures in their systems. System developers need to secure contractor technologies and ensure cyber protections from program inception to launch operations, he noted.

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Lt. Gen. David Thompson: Space Force Eyes Formation of Acquisitions Command

Lt. Gen. David Thompson

Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the U.S. Space Force, said the service plans to establish a new command focused on acquisition programs in 2021. The service announced in June that it will be composed of three field commands and one of those is Space Systems Command (SSC).

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AFWERX to Host Collaborative Space Industry Event

AFWERX

The U.S. Air Force's AFWERX innovation arm has opened registration for a two-day virtual event that aims to foster collaboration between government, military, academia, investors and stakeholders from the space industry. Slated to run from Sept. 29 to 30, the EngageSpace event seeks to provide an avenue for the government to procure technologies that may address space-related concerns. 

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Space Force, NOAA Operate Reassigned Weather Satellite System

Imagery from EWS-G1

The U.S. Space Force and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have begun to jointly operate a weather satellite that has been reassigned for military use. The Electro-optical Infrared Weather System Geostationary (EWS-G1) satellite will collect space-based environmental data under a partnership between USSF and NOAA, Peterson Air Force Base said.

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SMC’s Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern on Continuing Partnerships With Heavy-Lift Launch Providers

D. Jason Cothern

Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern, vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said the U.S. Space Force will continue working with launch providers after selecting two contractors for a national security mission. The Space Force previously awarded contracts to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to utilize the former’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy vehicles.

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Space Force Eyes Annual Updates to $150M Orbit-Monitoring Program

Space Control

The U.S. Space Force plans to facilitate updates to orbit-monitoring technologies every 90 days as part of the $150 million Space Command and Control (Space C2) program. The fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) currently requires the Space Force to enact annual updates to the Space C2 initiative.

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