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Space & Missile Defense Report

Sweden Chooses Patriot To Upgrade Air And Missile Defenses

The Swedish government has decided to start negotiations on procuring Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense system for upward of $1.2 billion, the government said Nov. 7.The Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF) and Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) have been evaluating medium-range surface-to-air defense systems for Sweden since the parliament concluded a 2015 defense framework decision.…

State Department Approves $10.5 Billion Deal With Poland For Patriot Missile Defense System

The State Department has approved a possible $10.5 billion deal with Poland for the sale of a Patriot missile defense system.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Nov. 14 of the foreign military sale for Raytheon’s [RTN] Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Patriot Configuration-3+ system to Poland, which includes radar sets, engagement…

NDAA Conference Report Boosts Navy And Missile Defense Spending

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report released Nov. 8 strongly boosts Navy and Missile Defense spending over the Defense Department’s initial requests.The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) report summary highlights how it works to repair the military and restore readiness, which includes requiring the Secretary of the Navy to…

NATO Briefs Industry On Over $817 Million In Air And Missile Defense Opportunities

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency on Nov. 13 briefed North American and European industry on over $817 million in upcoming air and missile defense program business opportunities in 2018 and later, the alliance said.The NCI Agency said that projected requirements for the next decade could further “significantly increase” that initial estimate.These opportunities are…

NASA Delays First SLS Launch By Over A Year

NASA has delayed the first flight of its Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket and Orion crew capsule by over a year, to December 2019, an agency official said Nov. 9.While a recent NASA review made the case for an even longer delay, to June 2020, “the agency has chosen to manage to a December…

Orbital ATK Tests Motor Case For New Rocket

Orbital ATK [OA], which is developing a new space launch vehicle to compete for U.S. Air Force business, announced Nov. 7 that the rocket’s first motor case has passed a key test.The structural acceptance test, which occurred Oct. 27 in Promontory, Utah, showed that the 12-foot-diameter motor case could withstand the internal pressure it would experience…

DoD Buys Ride On Virgin’s New Satellite Launcher

The U.S. Department of Defense has purchased its first flight on LauncherOne, Virgin Orbit's new satellite-launching rocket, the company said Nov. 16.Under another transaction-agreement (OTA) award from the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), the launch will occur as early as January 2019, Virgin said. The Long Beach, Calif.-based…

SNC’s Dream Chaser Spaceplane Flies, Lands In Key Test

The Dream Chaser reusable spaceplane, which Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) is developing to carry cargo to the International Space Station, successfully completed a free-flight test for the first time in California, the company said Nov. 13.During the Nov. 11 test, a Columbia Helicopters Model 234-UT Chinook helicopter lifted the unmanned Dream Chaser with a 200-foot-long cable and released the vehicle…

Senate Panel Backs Bridenstine To Head NASA

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Nov. 8 narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator.By a party-line 14-13 vote, the panel sent Bridenstine’s nomination to the full Senate for its consideration.Before the committee vote, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the panel’s top Democrat, reiterated his opposition to having a politician lead…