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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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Gen. John Hyten: DoD Needs to Speed Up Reforms in Space, Data, Software Development

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a two-time Wash100 award recipient, said the Department of Defense needs to accelerate its modernization and reform efforts to maintain its deterrence advantage, DoD News reported Wednesday.

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US Space Force’s Counterpart in Japan to Start in April

Japan is establishing its own space force as part of the country’s air force, The National Insterest reported Tuesday. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the new space domain mission unit will begin operations in April as part of the country’s air self-defense force and would collaborate with the U.S. Space Force.

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SDA Eyes New Acquisition Approach for National Defense Space Architecture; Derek Tournear Quoted

The Space Development Agency plans to launch the first batch of dozens of satellites by fiscal year 2022 to provide initial capabilities and have a thousand satellites by FY 2026 in low-Earth orbit as part of its proposed National Defense Space Architecture, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday.

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Lockheed Martin Launches First Satellite, Software-Defined Mission; Rick Ambrose Quoted

Lockheed Martin has announced its first smart satellite, Pony Express 1, launched on Thursday. The upgraded satellite has integrated technology that will allow the company to conduct more thorough tests in-orbit. Lockheed Martin has launched the satellite aboard the Tyvak 6U spacecraft.

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