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Military could have truly low-cost launch market in five years — if government puts in the effort, experts say - May 2017
he U.S. military could have access to a robust, competitive, low-cost launch market within five years with the proper investments, a group of experts said May 8 at an event hosted by the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

“We’re at a unique moment in time that overlaps technology, policy, business, and national security,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Schilling, chief of the Commander’s Action Group at the Air Force’s Air University. “When launch is reduced to the point where it’s not a $5 billion program, you can really do some great things…Low-cost reusable launch systems offer the potential for us to do many of the same old missions much faster and at much more affordable price points.”

“Our entire system for licensing and regulating launch is set up for infrequent, expensive occasional launch, launches-per-month,” Miller said. “What we’re looking at is going to launches-per-week and eventually even launches-per-day. And it breaks everything in the regulatory structure.”
DoD  SpaceNews  USAF  NewSpace  launch  Pentagon  regulations  satellite 
november 2017 by pierredv
Pentagon Seeks to Partner for Access to Other GNSS Signals | Inside GNSS April 2014
"The U.S. military is moving toward using the signals of other satellite navigation constellations to help ensure access to positioning and timing information and to potentially thwart spoofing." "To help enhance the multi-constellation strategy work, a push has been under way to ensure distribution to military users of signal monitoring information gathered by the Global Differential GPS (GDGPS) network, said the source. The network, which was developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has more than 100 U.S. and international monitoring stations with the 75 sites of NASA’s GPS Network at its core."
GPS  GNSS  InsideGNSS  Pentagon  DoD 
may 2014 by pierredv
Sign in to read: Red star rising: China's ascent to space superpower - space - 12 February 2014 - New Scientist
" The Pentagon recently acknowledged that the US military command in Africa now relies on a Chinese satellite for communications, reflecting the military's ever-larger appetite for bandwidth, which has surged in recent years as it relies increasingly on remotely operated drones and satellite radio communications." "But China's long and persistent march is not the only reason to believe the road map: the country also possesses at least two resources no other country can compete with. The first is people. [quarter million people working on space program] Another key to China's present and future success is the unique ability – granted by one-party rule – to stick to their plans longer than the political cycles of most Western governments. But perhaps the most important catalyst for Chinese innovation was being frozen out of international collaboration. "
China  space  technology  NewScientist  governance  Pentagon  DoD 
april 2014 by pierredv

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