The Air Force’s top military leader flew the first of two new C-37B aircraft from Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., delivering it to Joint Base Andrews, Md., on Nov. 3. The new C-37B’s tail number is 1941, in honor of the year the Tuskegee Airmen were founded. “I’m humbled to not only be asked to deliver this aircraft, but to be a red jacket wearer and now to be a red tail flyer,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., who is also an honorary Tuskegee Airman.
While it doesn't give away sensitive details, a new ad points to Northrop Grumman's ambition to build the next-generation air dominance tactical jet.
Bigger Drones, Better AI: U.S. Air Force Installs Its Skyborg Robot Brain in a Pair of Stealth Drones
Two stealth drones soared over Edwards Air Force Base in California last week, offering some encouraging evidence that the Air Force’s new drone “brain” not only works—it works with a bunch of different drone types.
If the Off-Boarding Sensing Station, or OBSS, can be delivered as promised, it will offer a complement to the existing Air Force fighter wings. This drone is not a rival to the F-35 but instead billed as a force multiplier, allowing the robotic escort to carry additional weapons and sensors and, importantly, to take on some of the risk from the fight itself. One way to think of the OBSS is as a tool connected with a fighter, which receives orders from the pilot and can share what its sensors see.
The Space Force is kicking off a new initiative to fund commercially developed technologies for orbital operations. The program known as Orbital Prime will focus on the emerging market sector known as OSAM, short for on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing. This includes a broad range of technologies to repair and refuel existing satellites, remove orbital debris, and create new capabilities in space.
A two-part interview with Air Force Chief Data Officer Eileen Vidrine explains how the Air Force is standing up a data innovation lab and how the force is growing data skills for Airmen. More discussion covers cloud agreements with Larry Allen from Allen Federal Business Partners.
The Federal Communications Commission today gave Boeing permission to launch 147 broadband satellites. While that's a fraction of the number of satellites approved for other low Earth orbit (LEO) constellations, the decision allows Boeing to compete in the emerging LEO satellite broadband market. "As detailed in its FCC application, Boeing plans to provide broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, governmental, and professional users in the United States and globally," the FCC said in its announcement approving the license.
With a win in Annapolis this September, Air Force football is one win away from hoisting up the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy when it takes on Army this weekend.