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Category: Systems Directorates
  • SMC/Dev Corps EWS Program Awards $309M for Rapid Weather Prototyping Efforts

    The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has awarded three Other Transaction Authority agreements, totaling $309 million, to develop prototypes for the Electro Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Weather System (EWS) program. The awardees, each a member of the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC), are:  - Raytheon Technologies- General Atomics Electromagnetic
  • Boosting Space Situational Awareness: SMC Awards SBIR Phase 2 Contract

    The Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center's (SMC) Directorate of Special Programs (DirSP) awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 2 contract to Bluestaq LLC who will develop the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Marketplace program under the auspices of AFWERX.AFWERX was created in 2017 by then Air Force Secretary Heather
  • Air Force officer’s career is out of this world

    Lighting up the pre-dawn skies over Florida’s Space Coast, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket, carrying the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF)-5 satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, lifted off from Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Aug. 8.Numerous teams and partnerships
  • Air Force awards $20 million contract for Enterprise Ground Services satellite operations

    The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Enterprise Ground Services project office has awarded a $20 million Phase III Small Business Innovative Research contract -- with a $100 million ceiling -- to Braxton Technologies of Colorado Springs, Colorado to support EGS satellite operations prototyping and integration.  “We are excited to embark on this
  • SBIRS GEO 5, 6 Contract Awarded

    The U.S. Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a $1.86 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., for production of the fifth and sixth Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous missile-warning satellites. This contract award realized more than $1 billion in savings as a result of the
  • GPS IIF-5 Successfully Launched from Cape Canaveral AFS

    The U. S. Air Force successfully launched the fifth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle at 8:59 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Feb. 20.The Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite will join the GPS constellation providing world class space-based positioning,
  • SBIRS HEO-3 Shipped

    The third Space BasedInfrared Systems (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) payload was shippedJune 12 to the host space vehicle program. The HEO payload is a high-techspace-based sensor capable of detecting missile launches around the globe.The payload will be integrated with a host spacecraft and prepared forlaunch.Prior to shipment, HEO-3 passed
  • SMC Enters into Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with SpaceX

    The Space and Missile Systems Center has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, as part of the company's effort to certify its Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch System for National Security Space (NSS) missions. This cooperative agreement facilitates data exchanges and
  • Fifth Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite Launched

    The U.S. Air Force's  fifth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft (WGS-5) was successfully launched on a  United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force  Station, Fla., on May 24, the first step in its journey to expand satellite  communications services to the warfighter.Over the next several months, the satellite will