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  • Weather and Minotaur IV rocket are "Go" for July 15 morning launch of NROL-129 mission

    The upcoming National Reconnaissance Office Launch (NROL)-129 mission is scheduled to lift off at 9 a.m. EST (6 a.m. Pacific) July 15 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0B at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.   Latest weather briefings issued today from Wallops Island is “looking good,” with only a 10 percent Probability of
  • Kobayashi Maru delivers ‘coalition friendly’ Platform

    In July 2018, General Jay Raymond, now the U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations, presided over a ceremony to re-designate the former Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base as the Combined Space Operations Center, or CSpOC. That event signified a pivot in U.S. Strategic Command’s intent for maintaining superiority in space
  • Department of the Air Force commissioned RAND Space Launch Market Report released

    Last summer, the Department of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise requested a RAND Corp. study of the heavy lift launch market. The RAND study, released today, confirms the heavy lift launch market is unlikely to support more than two U.S. launch providers in the long term, and highlights the short term schedule
  • Space and Missile Systems Center’s multi-manifest satellite vehicle ready for integration on AEHF-6 mission

    The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Mission Manifest Office delivered a fully tested and integrated multi-manifest small satellite vehicle, known as TDO-2, to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station March 6 for integration on the Advance Extremely High Frequency (AEHF)-6 mission.AEHF-6, slated for liftoff aboard a United Launch
  • Space and Missile Systems Center’s Integration Partners: Breaking down barriers to space

    Representatives from the Space and Missile Systems Center joined company officials Feb. 27 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, officially opening a new small satellite integration facility in Torrance, California, operated by Parsons Corporation.“The Space and Missile Systems Center is the U.S. Space Force's center of acquisition excellence for
  • Space and Missile Systems Center hosts British Defense and Space delegation

    Sir Stephen Lovegrove, the United Kingdom’s Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and his delegation, toured the Space and Missile Systems Center Feb. 21 during a fact-gathering visit on future partnerships with SMC.As the Permanent Secretary, Sir Stephen is the British government’s principal civilian advisor on defense, has primary
  • GPS III Space Vehicle 03 safely arrives in Florida

    The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center successfully delivered the third GPS III satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Feb. 5, 2020.GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 03 was safely transported from the Lockheed Martin facility in Waterton, Colorado to Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. The satellite,
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