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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
  • Space and Missile Systems Center awards $35 million Space Test Program launch service contract

    The U.S. Space Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP) Office at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise, today awarded a $35 million task order to VOX Space, LLC of El Segundo, California, for the Space Test Program-S28 (STP-S28) launch service.  This is the first task
  • 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 awards Northrop Grumman $253.6 million for Protected Tactical SATCOM acquisition

    The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center Development Corps signed a $253.6 million payload development award with Northrop Grumman for the first of up to four separate payload development awards for the Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) acquisition, Feb. 12.This effort, in alignment with SMC delivering warfighting capability at
  • Risk reduction test of ground-launched ballistic missile successful

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, in partnership with the Strategic Capabilities Office, successfully conducted a flight test of a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile Dec. 12. The mission served as a risk reduction demonstration for the development of future intermediate range capabilities
  • Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise team wins David Packard Award

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise team has won the 2019 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award. The Packard Award recognizes Department of Defense organizations for innovation and best acquisition practices. SMC’s Launch Enterprise team crafted an acquisition strategy of innovative public-private
  • Los Angeles Air Force Base celebrates Fort Mac Arthur centennial

    An anticipated crowd of up to 3,000 active duty personnel, retirees and family members are expected to descend on the parade grounds of the historic Fort MacArthur in San Pedro Oct. 19 for a belated birthday party of sorts.Although it’s not 100 years on the dot -- it’s a little more, but for all intents and purposes, it’s the 100 year celebration
  • Next Generation OPIR Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting (GEO) Satellite Program Completes Preliminary Design Review

    The Next Generation OPIR Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting (GEO) satellite program, commonly referred to as NGG, achieved another major milestone in 2019 by completing its system/ground and space vehicle preliminary design review (PDR) Sept. 27, 2019.  Next Generation OPIR will provide a capable, resilient, and defensible space-based global missile
  • 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
  • From swords to plowshares: History of the Abort Test Booster

    NASA and the U.S. Air Force are preparing to launch the Ascent Abort-2 mission using an Abort Test Booster on July 2 from Space Launch Complex-46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.AA-2 will help pave the path for NASA’s return to the moon under the Artemis program by testing the launch abort system of the Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle, an
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