Launch Delay for Space-monitoring Satellite

The Air Force announced Tuesday that it has pushed back Thursday's scheduled launch of the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite due to a potential problem associated with its Minotaur IV launch vehicle. USAF space officials at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., said in a release that testing of a Minotaur IV in the factory identified a software problem; they want to be sure there are no dangers to the SBSS mission before attempting the launch, slated for Vandenberg AFB. Calif. "The integrated government and contractor team is assessing the cause of the software anomaly and potential corrective actions and expects to establish a new launch date as early as next week," states the release. A Boeing-led industry team built SBSS. The satellite will be the Air Force's only space-based asset for detecting and monitoring objects in orbit.

It’s Official, KC-X is Three-way Contest

US Aerospace, Inc., a heretofore inconspicuous US aerospace and defense contractor, announced Tuesday that it has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Antonov, the Ukrainian state-owned aerospace giant, to compete for the Air Force’s KC-X tanker contract. We first...

Beginning a New Tradition

Air Force Global Strike Command’s first-ever Global Strike Challenge is underway, with upwards of 400 airmen participating from USAF’s bomber and ICBM units across the nation. Bomber and missile crews, maintainers, and associated security forces are showcasing their expertise in...

Wing-Level Support Teams Counter Trauma

The Air Force is instituting wing-level traumatic stress response (TSR) teams to help airmen who are dealing with psychological stress caused by traumatic incidents like a family death, a comrade’s suicide, or loss of fellow airmen on the battlefield. Each...

Wright Patterson Hosts Air-Land Acquisition Powwow

An Army delegation led by Gen. Ann Dunwoody, head of Army Materiel Command, last week traveled to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, to discuss weapon-systems acquisition with members of Air Force Materiel Command. Dunwoody met with Gen. Donald Hoffman, AFMC boss, on...

The Blow-Hard Problem

Today there are 214 FAA radars watching US airspace for air threats, Maj. Gen. Lawrence Stutzriem, director of plans, policy, and strategy for NORAD and US Northern Command, recently told House lawmakers. Of these, 13 have coverage that is degraded...

Chip Off the Old Block

The first in the line of next-generation US climate-monitoring satellites to evolve out of the now-defunct NPOESS weather satellite program will be based on the same design used for the NPOESS preparatory project (NPP) satellite, a senior Commerce Department official...

McConnell Unit Practices Global Reach

Airmen of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell AFB, Kan., took part in a six day, US Strategic Command-led global response exercise in late June to test the unit’s ability to deploy rapidly and sustain operations from a remote...

Taking Out What We Took In

As the drawdown of US combat forces in Iraq continues, airmen with the 732nd Expeditionary Support Squadron at Joint Base Balad are helping to process vast quantities of military equipment bound for refurbishment in the United States or being sent...

F-16 Dedicated to Late General

Officials at Arnold AFB, Tenn., in late June dedicated an F-16 on static display at the base to Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Harpe, the highest ranking active duty officer ever to die in an F-16. Harpe was killed on Dec....

Air Sorties from SWA 062910

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, June 29-30, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 52 114 166 12,035 CAS/Armed Recon 44 166 210 17,102 Airlift 377 377 31,060 Air refueling 97 97 8,057 Rescue 66 66 3,522 Total...