The ground control system for the next-generation GPS
III satellite constellation, known as OCX, will undergo a milestone B
review sometime in June, Maj. Gen. Roger Teague, director of space
programs, told reporters Wednesday.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has
chosen Boeing to collaboratively develop and fly the XS-1 spaceplane, a
reusable launch vehicle capable of lofting a 3,000-pound payload to
orbit at an “aircraft-like” tempo.
President Donald Trump’s budget proposes a 20 percent
increase in Air Force space investment over President Barack Obama’s
F-22s have played a key role in the fight against ISIS,
helping protect aircraft from Syrian air defenses and coordinating
strike packages. Their pace has increased, and Raptors are now flying in
their “full capacity” in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
The first RQ-4 landed at Robins AFB, Ga., marking the
first time the Global Hawk has flown to Air Force Air Logistics Complex,
according to a May 24 base release.
One of the areas where the Air Force’s Fiscal 2018
budget request sees a sharp increase is in munitions. The war against
ISIS has drained USAF stocks, particularly precision munitions that are
the preferred weapon in a war where extreme accuracy is needed to
prevent civilian casualties.
US Special Operations Forces conducted a raid in the
Marib Governorate of Yemen early Tuesday that killed seven militants and
wounded several American personnel, Pentagon spokesperson Navy Capt.
Jeff Davis told reporters.
Research, development, test, and evaluation gets a
more than 25 percent increase in the Air Force’s Fiscal 2018 budget
request to Congress.
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