BlueHalo wins $1.4 billion contract to upgrade U.S. satellite control network

By Sandra Erwin, Published by SpaceNews, 24 May 2022 The satellite control network includes the ground stations and tracking antennas used by the U.S. military to communicate with its satellites WASHINGTON — The Space Rapid Capabilities Office awarded BlueHalo a $1.4 billion eight-year contract to add communications capacity to the

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Space Force looking at U.S. needs for ‘responsive space’

By Sandra Erwin, Published by SpaceNews, 20 April 2022 Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein: The Space Force needs to “understand where we need tactically responsive launch, but more importantly, tactically responsive space.” WASHINGTON – The U.S. Space Force plans to conduct in 2023 a “responsive space” demonstration where private launch companies

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Pine Gap’s role in the arms race between China and the United States makes Australia a target

By Brian Toohey, Published by Community99, 15 April 2022 Developments at the U.S.-Australian satellite intelligence base at Pine Gap near Alice Springs give the United States an unprecedented ability to detect Chinese spacecraft from space and potentially destroy them. Previously, detection was mainly based on ground-based radars, which are no longer seen as suitable for identifying

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US, close allies sign ‘call to action’ in space defense

By Theresa Hitchens, Published by Breaking Defense, 22 February 2022 The new military accord signed by Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the US presages joint stance on future space norms. WASHINGTON: In a first public statement of intent, the US and its five closest military

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Can Space Tourism Co-exist with Space being turned into a War Zone?

By Karl Grossman, Presented at the Space Tourism: Legal Dimensions Conference, 29 January 2022 The push to turn space into a war zone could spell goodbye to space tourism. The space tourism drive that is underway, led by billionaires Jeff Bezos with his Blue Origin company, Richard Branson and his

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