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  • Air Force Plans Competition For 2nd SBSS Contract Award

    03/20/2010 11:53:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 269+ views
    Space News ^ | 3/19/2010 | Peter B. de Selding
    The U.S. Air Force’s decision to hold a fresh competition to build a second Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system satellite is an example of a government agency made gun-shy by “a protest-rich environment” in which losing bidders often challenge government contract awards, according to Craig R. Cooning, general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. In a March 16 press briefing, Cooning said Boeing, which teamed with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., to build the first SBSS satellite, was prepared to enter into a firm, fixed-price contract for the second SBSS, which is intended as an...
  • 2011 Funding Request Includes New Sat System

    02/11/2010 6:18:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 251+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/11/2010 | Amy Butler
    The Obama administration’s proposed 2011 spending plan includes some changes to major missile defense and space programs that emphasize a focus on space situational awareness and ballistic missile tracking capabilities. The proposal also underpins the aging nuclear weapons infrastructure, while adhering to the aim of eventually scrapping nuclear forces altogether and securing so-called nuclear loose material worldwide. Few new expensive programs are being started in Fiscal 2011, and the most dramatic shift in the funding request is the termination of the joint Defense-Commerce Dept. National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (see p. 14). By contrast, the Air Force is setting...
  • Payton Slams Space Firms’ Quality

    02/05/2010 8:57:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 340+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 02/05/2010 | By Colin Clark
    The makers of America’s rockets and satellites “are still stumbling on fundamentals too often,” said Gary Payton, former astronaut and the top Air Force man on space acquisition. Payton’s comments seem to indicate a continuing trend of shoddy quality control among those whose toughest job is turning out top quality parts and software and making sure they work and fit well. The biggest problem lies with suppliers, who are selling equipment that is just not up to snuff, Payton said. However, the primes also must shoulder blame since they are not overseeing suppliers at the factory level as closely as...
  • U.S. Air Force Will Pay to Place SBSS Satellite in Storage

    01/04/2010 9:14:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 837+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/04/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The U.S. Air Force will contract to have its Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system satellite placed into storage due to continued technical difficulties with the Minotaur 4 rocket that have delayed the spacecraft’s launch indefinitely, according to government documents. The Minotaur 4 rocket, built by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., and based in part on excess missile motors, was originally planned to debut in October 2009 with the SBSS launch. But the Air Force issued a statement that month saying the rocket had problems and would remain grounded indefinitely, though no further explanation was given. In a solicitation...
  • Launcher Issues Blamed for 14-Month SBSS Slip

    01/01/2010 2:02:32 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 616+ views
    Space News ^ | 12/31/2009 | Space News Staff
    Ongoing problems with the Minotaur 4 rocket will delay by 14 months the launch of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite, government documents show. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center planned to launch SBSS in October 2009 with what would have been the first launch of the new Minotaur 4 rocket, built by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va. The service announced that month the launch would be indefinitely delayed with technical problems, though no further explanation was given. The Minotaur 4 relies on retired U.S. Peacekeeper missile motors for its first three stages...
  • Bomber, Space Surveillance Eye Boost

    12/09/2009 10:29:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 363+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/09/2009 | Amy Butler
    U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz says that the service’s forthcoming budget request, though pinched by the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will likely include money for a new bomber and a new space surveillance system. The on-again-off-again Next-Generation Bomber (or NGB, also called Long-Range Strike), could re-emerge with the Pentagon’s fiscal 2011 spending request going to Capitol Hill in February, Schwartz said during a luncheon speech last week at the Credit Suisse/Aviation Week Aerospace & Defense Finance conference here. Defense Secretary Robert Gates put a hold on the NGB program last spring in...
  • Boeing Completes SBSS Pathfinder Preliminary Design Review

    04/06/2005 2:56:51 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 321+ views
    Boeing ^ | April 6, 2005 | Boeing
    ST LOUIS, April 6, 2005 – Boeing [NYSE: BA], in partnership with Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) Pathfinder system. This is another significant program milestone demonstrating the "best-of-industry" approach the Boeing team has developed to meet program requirements. The PDR, which was held in Huntington Beach, Calif., and included over 100 participants from the government and its contractors, conducted a thorough review of the SBSS Pathfinder system architecture and design. The review was the culmination of a detailed Ground Segment Preliminary Design Audit (PDA) conducted by...