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  • First USSF JROTC in California Established in Transfer Ceremony

    APPLE VALLEY, Calif. - The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) unit at the Academy for Academic Excellence in Apple Valley, Calif. became the first U.S. Space Force (USSF) JROTC unit in California during a formal transfer ceremony held Jan. 18.The Academy for Academic Excellence is the fourth school to transfer, and
  • STP-H7 and H8 Scientific Payloads Successfully Installed, Collecting Data on the ISS

    Two U.S. Space Force experimental science payloads were successfully installed on the International Space Station last week and have begun collecting data, Space Systems Command officials said.The STP-H7 and H8 payloads, carrying a total of nine experiments, were initially launched Dec. 21, 2021, aboard NASA’s SpaceX-24 resupply mission to the ISS.
  • Air Force announces Spark Tank 2022 semi-finalists

    ARLINGTON, Virginia – A panel of nearly 30 subject matter experts from across the Department of the Air Force met Nov. 16, 2021 at the Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center (BRICC) in Arlington, Virginia and via a virtual teleconferencing platform to conduct the Spark Tank 2022 (ST22) Quarter Finals.“Spark Tank is the Department’s take
  • DAF declares Hack-A-Sat Challenge winners, aims to reduce space vulnerability

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Department of the Air Force, along with the security research community, publicly announced the 2021 winners of its second annual Hack-A-Sat 2 space security challenge final event December 12. Brig. Gen. John M. Olson, call sign “Sprocket,” is the mobilization assistant to the chief of space operations
  • Department of the Air Force releases COVID-19 policy

    The Department of the Air Force released its policy today outlining the way forward for Total Force military members serving in the Air Force and Space Force who have requested separation or retirement prior to Nov. 2, 2021, or whose COVID-19 medical exemption or religious accommodation was denied.
  • ULA Atlas V launches Space Test Program SAT-6, LDPE-1 into orbit

    At 5:19 a.m., Dec. 7 while many along Florida’s space coast likely slept, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V at Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, powered the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program (STP)-3 mission and two satellites into space.
  • SSC Rallied Cyber Experts at 3rd Annual Virtual Cyber Expo

    SSC Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein and SSC/S6/CIO Col. Albert Olagbemiro kicked off the two-day event, now in its third year, and welcomed presenters including Lauren Knausenberger, U.S. Air Force CIO, and Peter Newton, Fortinet’s Senior Director of Products and Solutions. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from cyber experts from military and civilian U.S. government, the space industry and commercial sector, and academic institutions who led cyber-related discussions ranging from intelligence support in the fields of space acquisitions and Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) to implications of remote work and collaboration capabilities.
  • SSC Next-Gen OPIR Block 0 GEO Program completes System CDR

    The Space Systems Command (SSC) successfully conducted a major design review for the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) program, holding its Block 0 Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) System Critical Design Review (CDR) Oct. 26-28, 2021.
  • SSC returns for Hack-A-Sat 2

    Space Systems Command’s (SSC) Space Enterprise Corps Special Program Directorate’s (SSC/ECZ) satellite and ground system experts along with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate team is once again gearing up for the second Hack-A-Sat satellite challenge event during the final upcoming competition on Dec. 11, 2021.
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