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2009-02-04 08:00:00

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Feb. 4, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Upgraded Early Warning Radar (UEWR) at Thule Air Base, Greenland, has achieved a significant milestone on its path toward operational status, successfully tracking its first satellite in an operational space surveillance mission configuration. "It's impressive that this event was accomplished after only 31 hours of test time that sets a new record for bringing a UEWR system to the first track milestone," said Pete...

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2009-01-13 13:55:16

The Obama administration may be facing a new kind of space race with broader scientific, national-security and business implications. Sweeping policy, budget and institutional changes will be necessary to protect America's "perishable" lead in satellites, rockets and space exploration, according to a report released Monday by an industry group. The U.S.'s priorities need to adapt to a changing reality in which more countries are pushing into space for political and industrial reasons, said...

2008-10-28 15:00:09

SPACEHAB, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SPAB), and its Astrotech subsidiary, leading providers of commercial space services, join with Space Florida in recognizing the immense opportunities for America's commercial space program in the joint Air Force Space Command and Space Florida Dedication Ceremony of Launch Complex 36. The Ceremony marked the symbolic "groundbreaking" following the announcement by the Air Force Space Command of its commitment to commercial space and its intention to lease LC36 at...

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2008-03-20 00:00:00

Commanders of the U.S. Navy's mission to shoot down a malfunctioning spy satellite last month said there was no substantial new space debris created.  Rear Admiral Alan Hicks, head of the Pentagon's Aegis ballistic missile defense program, said all but small pieces of debris had burned upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.  "We thought there would be much larger pieces," he said. Hicks' made the announcement during a briefing at an annual conference of the U.S. Navy...

2007-09-04 09:09:24

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Computer Sciences Corporation announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Space Command to provide technical services at the Air Force's Eastern Range, headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. CSC estimates the value of the agreement, which has a 10-month base period and nine one-year options, to be $820 million if all options are exercised. The contract work will be performed by Computer Sciences...

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2007-06-01 06:00:00

Extreme cold, ice, darkness challenge Airmen As temperatures hover at 30 degrees below zero, the Airmen and radars of Detachment 3, 22nd Space Operations Squadron stand watch over North America's frozen north. Landing on a snow-packed runway 700 miles north of the Arctic Circle in winter can be a white-knuckle experience for anyone. But that's what it's like at Thule Air Base, Greenland. Blinding winds howling at more than 50 mph, temperatures plunging below zero and 24-hour nights are...

2006-08-16 00:05:00

By Jim Wolf HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The Air Force's new top commander for space predicted on Tuesday future attacks on U.S. satellites and called for greatly expanded tracking and identification of payloads launched by other countries. Currently, U.S. efforts are focused on determining if an overseas launch is a ballistic missile or designed to put an object in orbit, then cataloging it over a period that can take weeks, said Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, who heads the Air Force Space Command...

2006-07-04 14:55:36

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Air Force facility protecting the nerve center of U.S. homeland defense at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, has been put on heightened alert, the military said on Tuesday, amid persistent reports that North Korea may be set to test-fire a long-range missile. The commander of U.S. Northern Command ordered the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, which rings the bunkered operations center, to take "necessary security precautions commensurate with its...

2006-06-27 12:39:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gen. Kevin Chilton, the first astronaut to earn the rank of four-star general, has taken over as head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, the Air Force announced on Tuesday. Former astronaut Chilton succeeded Gen. Lance Lord, who retired on April 1. Air Force Space Command manages the nation's Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as many critical satellite systems. Chilton said he was excited to lead a joint team of some 40,000 employees,...

2006-06-27 12:36:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gen. Kevin Chilton, the first astronaut to earn the rank of four-star general, has taken over as head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, the Air Force announced on Tuesday. Former astronaut Chilton succeeded Gen. Lance Lord, who retired on April 1. Air Force Space Command manages the nation's Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as many critical satellite systems. Chilton said he was excited to lead a joint team of some 40,000 employees,...