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VAFB Space Cowboys remain mission ready
The 2nd Space Launch Squadron is home to the Space Force’s only hands-on space lift mission in support of the Minotaur launch vehicle. The Airmen who support this vital mission have been dubbed ‘Space Cowboys.’
Department of the Air Force releases guidance on use of cloth face covers
To help combat COVID-19, the Air Force has released information that supplements Department of Defense guidance on the use of cloth face coverings, effectively immediately.
CMSgt Towberman sworn in as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor for the U.S. Space Force
Chief Master Sgt. Roger A. Towberman became the first Senior Enlisted Advisor of the U.S. Space Force today as Gen. Jay Raymond, USSF Chief of Space Operations, administered the Oath of Enlistment during a small ceremony in the office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett, at the Pentagon.
AEHF-6 feet apart; 45th SW supports launch of first USSF rocket payload safely during pandemic
In our current reality of self-quarantine, scarcely stocked grocery stores and temporarily closed establishments, one thing that cannot afford to be halted is the launch mission of the United States Space Force. On March 26, 2020, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, the 45th Space Wing and their mission partners safely and successfully launched
Class of 2020 graduation date moved up
The Class of 2020 is pleased to announce their graduation event on April 18 culminating their four years at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Space Force identifies USAF missions for transfer to newest service
In a significant step that enhances the U.S. Space Force’s capabilities and development, the Department of the Air Force has identified 23 U.S. Air Force organizations whose space-related missions will soon transfer to the Space Force.
SMC awards $500 million contracts to Raytheon and L3 Technologies Inc.
The Space and Missile Systems Center awarded Raytheon Company – Space and Airborne Systems and L3 Technologies Inc. two indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multi-award contracts with ceiling values of $500 million each, totaling $1 billion, for development and production of Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW)-capable modems, over 120 days ahead
Contingency Operations Program and GPS III SV02 Receives Operational Acceptance from USSF
The Space and Missile Systems Center achieved a major Global Positioning System milestone on March 27 with the Contingency Operations (COps) program and GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 02 receiving U.S. Space Force’s Operational Acceptance approval.COps is an upgrade to the current GPS Operational Control System to operationally command and control GPS
SMC prepares GPS Next Generation OCX for Operations
On March 26, the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) program instructed Raytheon to replace the computer hardware in OCX prior to system delivery due to sale of IBM’s computer product line to a Chinese company.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved the
USSF announces initial operational capability and operational acceptance of Space Fence
United States Space Force officials formally declared initial operational capability and operational acceptance of the Space Fence radar system, located on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, March 27, 2020. Space Fence provides significantly improved space surveillance capabilities to detect and track orbiting objects such as commercial and military satellites, depleted rocket boosters and space debris in low, medium, and geosynchronous Earth orbit regimes.