Atlas V Launches X-37B Space Plane

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 501 rocket carrying the USSF-7 mission for the U.S. Space Force lifted off on May 17, 9:14 a.m. EDT, from Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. (Credit: ULA)

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 17, 2020 ULA PR)  A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 501 rocket carrying the USSF-7 mission for the U.S. Space Force lifted off on May 17, 9:14 a.m. EDT, from Space Launch Complex-41. This marks the 84th successful launch of an Atlas V rocket, 139th launch for ULA, the second launch for the U.S. Space Force and the sixth flight of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-6).

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ULA Atlas V Launch Rescheduled for Sunday Morning

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 16, 2020 (ULA PR) — The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the USSF-7 mission for the U.S. Space Force is delayed due to inclement weather. Launch of the USSF-7 mission is now scheduled for May 17, 2020, at 9:14 a.m. EDT.

USSF and ULA to Honor COVID-19 Responders with ‘America Strong’ Launch Dedication

Encapsulated X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for United States Space Force-7 mission. (Credit: Boeing)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The U.S. Space Force and United Launch Alliance will honor all front-line workers and COVID-19 first responders while paying tribute to those affected by the pandemic during a launch mission scheduled for May 16 at 8:24 a.m. EST. United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket carrying the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle serves as a collaborative “America Strong” salute from the USSF and ULA.

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Atlas V Launch of X-37B Set for Saturday

X-37B after landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base on June 16, 2012. (Credit: Boeing/USAF)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. (ULA PR) — Everything is progressing toward the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch carrying the USSF-7 mission for the U.S. Space Force.

The mission is set to lift off on Saturday, May 16 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Today’s forecast shows an 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch.

Live broadcast coverage of launch will be available. Broadcast details will be provided prior to launch.

Live launch updates and webcast available at: www.ulalaunch.com

Editor’s Note: They are not giving out a launch time for this military launch.

Launch Forecast Summary

Overall probability of violating weather constraints: 40%
Primary concerns: Ground Winds, Cumulus Cloud Rule
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay: 20%
Primary concern: Ground Winds, Cumulus Cloud Rule

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The hashtags for this launch are: #AtlasV #USSF7 #SpaceForce #AirForce #X37B

Next X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle to Carry 2 NASA Experiments

X-37B after landing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (Credit: USAF)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, in partnership with the U.S. Space Force, is scheduled to launch the sixth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-6) on May 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

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Space Force Acquisition Council Looks to Safeguard Space Industrial Base from COVID-19 Impacts

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — In response to COVID-19, the Department of the Air Force is posturing to identify and provide support to the space industrial base, assessing sectors most impacted by the pandemic while creating an environment where companies in need can compete fairly in the event of supplemental federal relief funds.

“Our space industrial base is critical to our military and economy,” said Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and U.S. Space Force Service Acquisition Executive. “The Space Force Acquisition Council held an emergency session to synchronize our response to fragile supply chains, at-risk workforces, and receding commercial markets and we’ll continue to work with the Department of Defense and Congress to get additional help.”

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Working Toward an Autonomous Future Starts Now for NASA, Partners

Lunar Gateway concept. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — In 15 years, will there be robots building large structures, spacecraft fixing themselves and telescopes making decisions about what to study next? The Science and Technology Partnership Forum – an interagency collaboration with principal partners NASA, the U.S. Space Force and the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office – is working to answer questions like these to turn the possibilities into reality.

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Japanese Astronaut Prepares for Flight Aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. (Credit: NASA)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Four 50th Wing Staff Agency Airmen attended a SpaceX briefing on its latest developments and future travel plans to the International Space Station, by Soichi Noguchi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 17.

Col. Jack Fischer, 50th Space Wing vice commander and former NASA astronaut, shared the conference, “Preparing for flight aboard SpaceX/Crew Dragon: Post Certification Mission 1,” to keep Airmen engaged and informed on the cooperative efforts to further the space mission alongside SpaceX, Space Force and NASA.

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US Space Force TETRA-1 Satellite Prepared for Launch After 15-month Integration

Engineers work on the TETRA-1 satellite. (Credit: Millennium Space Systems)

Millennium Space Systems achieved a 60 percent faster development time

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 21, 2020 – Less than 15 months after contract award, Millennium Space Systems has designed, manufactured, assembled and integrated the U.S. Space Force TETRA-1 satellite. The work was completed 60 percent faster than previous missions, improving the U.S. Space Force’s ability to advance the TETRA-1 technologies more quickly.

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Space Surveillance Telescope Sees First Light Through US & Australian Partnership

Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. — In partnership with the Australian Ministry of Defense, the U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) Program recently achieved “first light” on March 5, 2020, reaching a key milestone after it was moved from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico to Harold E. Holt Naval Communications Station in Western Australia.

“This key Space Domain Awareness, or SDA, partnership builds on the long history of close defense space cooperation between the United States and Australia and has been a cornerstone of our continued alliance,” said Gordon Kordyak, SMC Special Programs Directorate Space Domain Awareness Division chief.

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A Summary of U.S. Counterspace Capabilities

Global Counterspace Capabilities:
An Open Source Assessment

Secure World Foundation
April 2020

Full Report

The following excerpt from the report summarizes U.S. counterspace capabilities.

The United States has conducted multiple tests of technologies for rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO) in both low Earth orbit (LEO) and geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), along with tracking, targeting, and intercept technologies that could lead to a co-orbital anti-satellite (ASAT) capability.

These tests and demonstrations were conducted for other non-offensive missions, such as missile defense, on-orbit inspections, and satellite servicing, and the United States does not have an acknowledged program to develop co-orbital capabilities. However, the United States possesses the technological capability to develop a co-orbital capability in a short period of time if it chooses to.

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Report: Counterspace Capabilities Continue to Proliferate with Growing Implications for Space Security

by Director of Program Planning Brian Weeden and Washington Office Director Victoria Samson
Secure World Foundation

Over the last several years, there has been growing concern from multiple governments over the reliance on vulnerable space capabilities for national security, and the corresponding proliferation of offensive counterspace capabilities that could be used to disrupt, deny the use of, degrade, or destroy space systems.

This in turn has led to increased rhetoric from some countries about the need to prepare for future conflicts on Earth to extend into space, and calls from some corners to increase the development of offensive counterspace capabilities and put in place more aggressive policies and postures.

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Space Force Welcomes First Academy Graduates to its Ranks

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, administers the U.S. Space Force Oath of Office to the Eighty-Six Space Force Cadets during the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2020 graduation at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 18, 2020. In all, Nine-hundred-sixty-seven cadets crossed the stage to become the Air Force/Space Force’s newest second lieutenants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) — Eighty-six graduates from the United States Air Force Academy celebrated receiving their diplomas April 18 and moved directly into the U.S. Space Force, marking the first infusion of commissioned personnel into the new service since its creation last year.

Vice President Mike Pence was in attendance at the event and congratulated the entire graduating class.

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Undergraduate Space Training Evolves to Tackle Space Threats

by 1st Lt. Tyler Whiting
United States Space Force Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The training of new military space operators is evolving to meet the challenges in the space domain.  A revamped initial skills training course now gives new space warfighters an early advantage in being ready to meet the unique demands of operating satellites and other space systems in a contested, degraded and operationally limited space domain.

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