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Senate Panel OKs Funding for Pentagon’s Space-Based Sensor Layer

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a budget for the Pentagon's proposed space-based sensor layer to detect and track high-speed threats from Earth’s orbit, C4ISRNet reported Thursday. Funding for the project was added to the panel’s version of the $750 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, which now heads to the full Senate for confirmation. 

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Trump Asks Congress for Additional $1.6B NASA Funding to Support Moon Mission

President Trump wants to give NASA an additional $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2020 to support the mission to return humans to the moon's surface by 2024, Reuters reported Tuesday. The request comes as the administration expects an increase for the costs of the lunar mission after Vice President Mike Pence announced a shorter timeline for the project, which was originally planned for 2028. 

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4th Space Operations Squadron Secures Access of AEHF-4 Satellite

The Space and Missile Systems Center handed control of a satellite unit to the 4th Space Operations Squadron during a ceremony on May 3. Built by Lockheed Martin, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-4 satellite has received operability status from SMC and is slated to join the 4th SOPS' satellite constellation, the Schriever Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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NASA Completes Another Space Launch System Test

NASA conducted another test of its Space Launch System vehicle configuration at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., where the agency assessed the space vehicle’s aerodynamics through a set of wind tunnel tests, NASASpaceFlight.com reported Tuesday. The space agency launched 700 supersonic test runs using the SLS Block 1 Cargo vehicle at a speed of Mach 1.5 to 4.5.

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NRL Launches Plasma Sensor Experiment on SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft

The Naval Research Laboratory has deployed a plasma sensor platform aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft as part of the company's 17th cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The Space PlasmA Diagnostic suitE is built to track space weather conditions around ISS and detect potential hazardous charging levels for the station, the U.S. Navy said Monday.

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Pence Says 5G Network Can Boost Innovation for Space Industry

Vice President Mike Pence said providing expanded access to 5G spectrum across the U.S. could help accelerate innovation in the space industry, Breaking Defense reported Monday. He said at the Satellite 2019 conference in Washington, D.C., that the Trump administration wants to use high speed connection “to give innovators in all industries access to spectrum you need to compete and win in global marketplace.”

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FAA to Reorganize Commercial Space Transportation Office

The Federal Aviation Administration will reorganize its office that manages commercial space transportation to increase efficiency and address the growing number of license applications from industry, SpaceNews reported Friday. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the FAA will provide the Office of Commercial Space Transportation a new structure as the agency streamlines the process for obtaining commercial launch and reentry licenses.

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US-China Security Review Commission Seeks Action on Chinese Space Dev’t

Experts from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission urge lawmakers to take action as China continues to advance its space-related activities, Space News reported Thursday. Members of the commission, which was established in 2000 to analyze the national security impacts of U.S. trade relations with China, testified before Congress on the actions the government must take to address China’s space achievements and growing anti-satellite arsenal.

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USAF Secretary Heather Wilson Speaks to British Executives on Space Strategy

Heather Wilson, secretary of the U.S. Air Force and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, spoke about the service branch's space strategy during a recent event in London. She spoke in front of 200 stakeholders from government, commercial and academic communities at U.K.-based think tank Policy Exchange, USAF said Tuesday. “We all prefer that space remains peaceful, because if war extends into space everyone loses,” she stated.

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DoD Continues Push for Proposed Space Force

The Department of Defense continues to encourage Congress to approve the formation of the Space Force to address the emerging threats against military satellites and other space-based assets of the country, Space News reported Tuesday. Stephen Kitay, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said the new service branch will focus on protecting the infrastructures supporting the economy and military. 

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