Air Force

  • SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million contract to launch their GPS-3 satellite into orbit. This is the first National Security Space (NSS) contract for SpaceX, who won essentially by default since ULA, the only other viable competitor, declined to bid in the competition. “This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance between mission success, meeting… Read More

  • New Air Force Satellites Launched To Improve GPS

    New Air Force Satellites Launched To Improve GPS

    This morning, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Boeing-built satellite into orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS). This $131 million satellite was the final addition to the Air Force’s most recent 12-satellite GPS series, known as the Block IIF satellites. GPS satellites are operated by the Air Force and provide global… Read More

  • SpaceX And Russia Change The Rules Of The Military Launch Market

    SpaceX And Russia Change The Rules Of The Military Launch Market

    It’s been a tough week for United Launch Alliance (ULA). A hearing last Wednesday brought news of a potential ban on Russian made RD-180 engines which ULA requires for their Atlas V rocket. To make matters worse, the U.S. Air Force is also considering ending an $800 million-per-year contract with the company. This bad news actually works in favor for SpaceX, who is now certified to… Read More

  • SpaceX Wins An Injunction Against United Launch Alliance’s Purchase Of Russian Rockets

    SpaceX Wins An Injunction Against United Launch Alliance’s Purchase Of Russian Rockets

    After announcing last week that it would be filing suit against the U.S. Air Force over the government agency’s decision to award a contract for national defense-related rocket launches exclusively to the United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint-venture between aeronautics industry leaders Boeing and Lockheed-Martin, without entertaining competitive bids. Last night, SpaceX won a small… Read More

  • SpaceX Files Suit Against U.S. Air Force, Cites Use Of Russian Rockets As Problematic

    SpaceX Files Suit Against U.S. Air Force, Cites Use Of Russian Rockets As Problematic

    During an event today to discuss a successful soft landing of a SpaceX Falcon flight, CEO Elon Musk also revealed that SpaceX has decided to file suit against the U.S. Air Force to get it to open up competition for national security-related rocket launches. Musk said that they were reluctant to file suit, but that the move is the last one available to them after trying to pursue other… Read More

  • Boulder's eSpace Center Wants To Make Aerospace A Startup-Friendly Industry

    Private sector space tech companies — from Virgin Galactic to Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) — have been doing what only government agencies were empowered to do in earlier generations, launch vehicles into space, improve the fuel efficiency of aircraft, and more. A Boulder-based incubator called The eSpace Center for Space Entrepreneurship still thinks the industry could be… Read More

  • Sony burns Air Force by killing Linux on the PS3

    Remember that 2,300 unit PS3 order that the Air Force put together to build a supercomputing cluster? Well, file this one under “unintended consequences” because when Sony killed the “other OS” option on the PS3 they definitely made things difficult. Read More

  • Air Force creating training program for UAV pilots


    I always wondered about this. Flying a drone is unlike flying a regular plane, and unlike telepresence in other arenas because of, well, the killing aspect. I figured they used a Last Starfighter type system to select likely candidates, but the actual training program will be much more practical (and less exciting). Non-pilots will be trained in flying an actual small plane over six weeks… Read More