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August 2022


NRO to add more commercial imagery providers as it builds a ‘hybrid architecture’

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - August 25, 2022


NRO, NGA expanding commercial industry partnerships with new awards in the works

Federal News Network
By Justin Doubleday - August 25, 2022


State of the space industrial base’ report calls for national plan to compete with China

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - August 24, 2022


STARCOM executes first JNTC-accredited, largest SPACE FLAG exercise ever

Space War
By Staff Writers - August 23, 2022


Satellogic Touts Availability As NRO Saps Competitors’ Capacity

Space Intel Report
By Peter B. De Selding - August 17, 2022


Skyrora Completes Second Stage Static Fire Test Of Rocket

TechCrunch
By Aria Alamalhodaei - August 17, 2022


Preparing for Maneuver Warfare in Space – The Next Battleground

SpaceNews
By Dean Bellamy - August 17, 2022


US, New Zealand Sign Agreement To Cooperate In Space Sector

The Diplomat
By Geoffrey Miller - August 16, 2022


Director Of Naval Center For Space Technology Discusses Mission

Federal News Network
By Tom Temin - August 16, 2022


Maxar (MAXR) to Develop 14 Spacecraft Platforms for L3Harris

Zacks Equity Research
August 15, 2022


Rocket Lab plans another helicopter catch later this year

Space.com
By Elizabeth Howell - August 14, 2022


Why a ‘hybrid’ space architecture makes sense for economic and national security

Space News
By Paul Parker - August 14, 2022


SpaceX will launch top secret US spy satellites with the reusable Falcon Heavy rocket now that it's received Space Force approval, report says

Insider
By Kate Duffy - Aug 12, 2022


SpaceX Cleared to Loft US Spy Satellites Using Reusable Boosters

Bloomberg
By Anthony Capaccio - August 11, 2022


A Russian Spy Satellite Is Stalking a U.S. Military Satellite, And the Pentagon Is NOT Happy

Popular Mechanics
By Tim Newcomb - August 11, 2022


U.S. Army a key customer of BlackSky’s next-generation imaging satellite

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - August 10, 2022


Maxar’s satellite business looks to gain foothold in defense market

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - August 10, 2022


Rocket Lab successfully launches second of two part-Australian NRO Missions

EX2
By Gregor Ferguson - August 9, 2022


NRO and Australia DoD launch NROL-199

Intelligence Community News
By Loren Blinde - August 8, 2022


Christopher Scolese: NRO Looks to Expand Commercial Satellite Capabilities

ExecutiveGov
By Naomi Cooper - August 5, 2022


NRO’s spy satellite fleet to become more diverse

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - August 4, 2022


National Reconnaissance Office Looks for More Commercial Services

U.S. Department of Defense
By C. Todd Lopez - August 4, 2022


Rocket Lab launches top secret payload for U.S. spy satellite agency

Space Flight Now
By Stephen Clark - August 4, 2022


NRO and Australia DoD complete second New Zealand Launch this year with NROL-199

SpaceRef
By Keith Cowing - August 4, 2022


Rocket Lab launches surveillance satellite for Australian DoD, US NRO

Jane.com
By Oishee Majumdar - August 4, 2022


Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Second of Two Back-to-Back National Reconnaissance Office Missions

Parabolic Arc
By David Bullock - August 4, 2022


JUST IN: NRO, Air Force Boosting Collaboration on Space-Based ISR

National Defense Magazine
By Mikayla Easley - August 4, 2022


US spy agency sends another satellite to space in show of rapid launch capability

C4ISR & Networks
By Irene Loewenson - August 4, 2022


NRO Director touts expanding commercial satellite partnerships

Federal News Network
By Justin Doubleday - August 4, 2022


And we will do that’: NRO, SPACECOM still fleshing out ‘strategies’ during conflict

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - August 4, 2022


NRO, Air and Space Forces jointly investigating how to improve space-based ISR

FedScoop
By Brandi Vincent - August 4, 2022


Rocket Lab launches classified mission for National Reconnaissance Office

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - August 4, 2022


Rocket Lab’s Electron launches NROL-199

NASA Space Flight
By Joseph Navin - August 4, 2022


Rocket Lab stages second NRO launch, nabs US missile defence contract

NZ Herald
By Chris Keall - August 3, 2022


UPDATE 1: NRO’s NROL-199 smallsat launch by Rocket Lab is delayed due to windy conditions

Satnews
August 2, 2022


NRO, Air Force may co-fund future space-based ISR tech: Kendall

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - August 1, 2022


US and Australia to launch second joint spy satellite from site in New Zealand

The Guardian
By Tory Shepard - August 1, 2022


Live coverage: Rocket Lab launches with NRO payload

Space Flight Now
By Stephen Clark - August 1, 2022


Watch Rocket Lab launch a US spy satellite early Thursday after wind delay

Space.com
By Mike Wall - August 1, 2022


Biden picks next Space Force chief

FCW
By Tara Copp - July 29, 2022


NGA Contributes to State Department-Supported Effort to Document Potential War Crimes, Other Atrocities in Ukraine

Homeland Security Today
July 28, 2022


NRO satellite upgrades delay the second of two back-to-back Rocket Lab launches

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - July 28, 2022


Rocket Lab Readies National Security Launch for National Reconnaissance Office

July 28, 2022


Rocket science: How Space Force acquisition works, with many players and dual hats

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - July 27, 2022


British-built satellite set for first launch from Spaceport Cornwall

Business Live
By Hannah Finch - July 26, 2022


As US shifts space strategy, SAIC seeks to expand role as space systems integrator, traffic manager

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - July 25, 2022


Virgin Orbit branching out: First international commercial rocket launch set for UK

Aerotech News
By Cathy Hansen - July 22, 2022


Air Force, NRO Working On Ground-Moving Target Indication Mission

Aviation Week
By Brian Everstine - July 21, 2022


NRO names 2021 Pioneers of National Reconnaissance

Intelligence Community News
By Loren Blinde - July 21, 2022


SpaceX Plans Month’s Second Starlink Launch from Vandenberg SFB

Noozhawk
By Janene Scully - July 20, 2022


Rocket Lab delays US spy satellite launch over software updates

Daiji World
July 20, 2022


NASA selects Falcon Heavy to launch Roman Space Telescope

Space News
By Jeff Foust - July 19, 2022


NRO and Australia DoD launch NROL-162

Intelligence Community News
By Loren Blinde - July 19, 2022


Rocket Lab’s next launch for the NRO postponed for software updates

Spaceflight Now
Stephen Clark - July 18, 2022


US spy satellite launch on Rocket Lab booster delayed

Space.com
By Elizabeth Howell - July 19, 2022


Pentagon’s National Reconnaissance Office says latest launches demonstrate speed, agility

Defense News
By Zamone Perez - Jul 18, 2022


NRO honors two new Pioneers of National Reconnaissance

Space Ref
By Keith Cowing - July 18, 2022


US-UK special relationship deepens in space

Space News
By Sandra Erwin — July 18, 2022


NRO Honors “Pioneers” Of National Reconnaissance

Defense Daily
By DDN Staff - July 15, 2022


Continuing Coverage: NRO’s NROL-162 Mission Successful

Ars Technica
Eric Burger - July 15, 2022


NRO Issues RFP For RF Space Imagery Providers

Space News
By Sandra Erwin — July 14, 2022


Continuing Coverage: NRO Launches National Security Mission Onboard Electron Rocket

ExecutiveGov
by Naomi Cooper - July 14, 2022 


Rocket Lab Launches First Of Two Classified Missions For NRO

Spaceflight Now
Stephen Clark - July 13, 2022


Continuing Coverage: NRO Launches Payload To “Expand Our Intelligence Advantage”

Defense Daily
By Frank Wolfe - July 13, 2022


Rocket Lab Successfully Launches First of Two Responsive Space Missions for the National Reconnaissance Office

Business Wire
July 13, 2022


With latest Rocket Lab launch, NRO and Australia strengthen allied cooperation

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - July 12, 2022


NRO space missions mark new level of US-Australia cooperation

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - July 12, 2022


Rocket Lab launches US spy satellite to orbit

Space.com
By Mike Wall - July 12, 2022


US Space Force wants new commercial imagery tool to boost resiliency

C4IRSNET
By Courtney Albon - July 08, 2022


All about the Virgin Orbit space launch from Cornwall and when it could happen

Business Live
By Hannah Finch - July 08, 2022


Rocket Lab to Launch Responsive Space Missions for National Reconnaissance Office

Business Wire
July 05, 2022



Space Force mulls new acquisition approach for next phase of medium, heavy launches

Defense News
By Courtney Albon - June 29, 2022


New Air Force Space Buyer Aims To Explore Fixed-Price Contracting

Federal Computer Week
by Lauren C. Williams - June 27, 2022


Planet reveals $146 million NRO award and quarterly revenues

Space News
by Debra Werner - June 14, 2022


'A huge lag time': DoD struggles to rush cutting-edge tech to Ukraine

Politico
by Lee Hudson and Bryan Bender - June 14, 2022


HASC intel subcommittee pushes Pentagon, IC on ISR gaps, overlaps

Breaking Defense
by Theresa Hitchens - June 09, 2022


Forest Service fiscal year 2023 budget request

C-span-3
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Testimony - June 9, 2022


House armed services panel calls on DoD to buy commercial space technology and data

Space News
by Sandra Erwin - June 8, 2022


Space Force urged to ue single company for managing national security launch integration

C4ISRNET
By Courtney Albon - Jun 8, 2022


House lawmakers urge spy satellite agency to beef up commercial SAR acquisition

Joint US-UK experimental satellites will launch this summer from Cornwall

Breaking Defense
By 
Theresa Hitchens - June 07, 2022


For Space Force’s monthly ‘reverse industry days,’ space domain awareness next up

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - June 06, 2022


First joint Pentagon-Intel Community space ISR needs assessment nears completion

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - June 03, 2022


Analysts: NRO contracts will have long-term ripple effects on satellite imagery industry

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - June 1, 2022



To appease DoD and IC, ICEYE boosts ‘parallel’ US-only radar-sat constellation

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens on May 31, 2022


CNBC Satellite-imagery firms Maxar, Planet and BlackSky awarded billions of dollars in government contracts

CNBC
By Michael Sheetz - May 25 2022


BlackSky, Maxar, Planet win 10-year NRO contracts for satellite imagery

SPACENEWS
By Sandra Erwin - May 25, 2022


Spy agency awards ‘historic’ contracts to commercial satellite firms

Washington Post
By Christian Davenport - May 25, 2022


Military looking for new ways to acquire and use commercial satellite data

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - May 23, 2022


National Reconnaissance Office director on space threats, future tech and climate

Government Matters
May 22, 2022


DoD space acquisition agencies ‘de-conflicted’ 2024 budget requests, a first

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - May 19, 2022


Musk’s SpaceX Vies for Military Satellite Launches as Defense Giants Reset

Bloomberg
By Anthony Capaccio - May 17, 2022


NRO and UK MOD to partner for historic launch

Intelligence Community News
By Loren Blinde - May 16, 2022


In a first, NRO and British MoD to make sat launch from UK soil

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - May 10, 2022


Maxar Delays First WorldView Legion to September

Via Satellite
By Rachel Jewett - May 10, 2022


SpaceX moved NROL-85 from the Cape to Vandenberg at no extra cost, in exchange for reusing booster

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - May 6, 2022


SpaceX’s wildly busy year continues with astronaut splashdown

CNN
By Jackie Wattles - May 6, 2022


To maximize Ukraine coverage, BlackSky shifted orbits for its newest satellites

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - May 02, 2022


Ukraine War Puts Spy Satellites for Hire in the Spotlight

The Wall Street Journal
By Warren Strobel and Robert Wall - May 1, 2022


NATO considers buying commercial imagery, irking US spy sat agencies: Sources

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - April 29, 2022


Army Futures Command learning from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Defense News
By Nathan Strout - April 29, 2022


Space Force has insatiable demand for geospatial intelligence

Space News
By Debra Werner - April 28, 2022


Government trying to streamline procurement of commercial space data

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - April 27, 2022


After Ukraine success, NRO says electro-optical imagery contracts due this summer

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - April 27, 2022


Opening Up the NRO

Trajectory
By Matt Alderton - April 26, 2022


Planet’s new Pelican remote sensing sats sport sharper eyes, faster revisits

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - April 21, 2022


NRO Awards Rocket Lab Launch Contract for Back-to-Back Missions

Defense Daily
By Annamarie Nyirady - April 21, 2022


Shimmering 'night spiral' captured above Hawaii is actually a dying SpaceX rocket

Space.com
By Elizabeth Howell - April 19. 2022


ICEYE US wins contract to participate in NRO for commercial radar

Geospatial World
By News Desk - April 19, 2022


SpaceX launches secret National Reconnaissance Office payload

CBS
By William Harwood - April 17, 2022


SpaceX moves Vandenberg’s Falcon 9 rocket launch to Saturday morning, residents may hear sonic boom

KEYT-TV
By Lily Dallow - April 14, 2022


Russian invasion of Ukraine exposes cybersecurity threat to commercial satellites

Space News
By Debra Werner - April 14, 2022


Intelligence official says U.S. government is not micromanaging commercial imagery

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - April 13, 2022


Maxar eager to launch new satellites amid soaring demand for imagery over Ukraine

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - April 11, 2022


SpaceX to launch reconnaissance mission from Vandenberg base next week

UPI
By Danielle Haynes - April 8, 2022


U.S. Satellites Spying on Russia’s War Tap Commercial Technology

Bloomberg
By Tony Capaccio - April 6, 2022


SpaceX schedules Vandenberg Space Force Base rocket launch for April 15

KSBW
By John Raoux - April 5, 2022


U.S. Space Force Wants to Avoid GMTI Duplication with Intelligence Community Programs

Breaking Defense
By Frank Wolfe - April 5, 2022


Seeing in the dark: Space Force works, slowly, to improve monitoring of the heavens

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - April 4. 2022


Commercial BlackSky imaging satellites ride with Rocket Lab

Spaceflight Now
By Stephen Clark - April 2, 2022


Government and New Space: Pursuing Faster Teamwork For a Robust Future

Via Satellite
By Anne Wainscott-Sargent - March 29, 2022


SpaceLogistics sees potential defense market for orbital life-extension spacecraft

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - March 24, 2022


SpaceX to launch NRO spy satellite from Vandenberg in April

Lompoc Record
By Lompoc Record Staff - March 23, 2022


Defense Minister Peter Dutton announces US-style Space Force for Australia to counter threats from China and Russia

Daily Mail
By Levi Parsons - March 21, 2022


Vandenberg Space Force Base Commander Predicts Growth for Future

Noozhawk
By Janene Scully - March 17, 2022


GAO: State Dept didn’t always communicate with other agencies about evacuation plans during pandemic 

Federal News Network
By Eric White - March 17, 2022


Five key provisions in the just-signed 2022 intelligence authorization bill

Federal News Network
By Justin Doubleday - March 15, 2022


Russian Missiles and Space Debris Could Threaten Satellites

Wired
By Khari Johnson - March 15, 2022


The 20 most memorable SpaceX missions from its 1st 20 years in photos

Space.com
By Mike Wall - March 14, 2022


DoD wants to change how it buys space technology – but can it?

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - March 14, 2022


NRO official examines commercial ISR challenges

Federal Computer Week
By Lauren C. Williams - March 4, 2022


Kendall on How the Air Force Plans to Modernize its Force to Compete With China

Air Force Magazine
By Amy Hudson and Amanda Miller - March 3, 2022


How commercial satellites are shaping the Ukraine conflict

AFP
March 3, 2022


Satellite imaging companies increase profile as they track Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - February 27, 2022


Russian military could target satellites amid Ukraine conflict, NRO chief warns: report

Space.com
By Mike Wall - February 24, 2022


2024 Space Force budget to show ‘large pivot’ to ‘China fight’

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - February 24, 2022


How the Space Force Is Planning to Use Commercial Satellites

The National Interest
By Peter Suciu - February 19, 2022


SpaceX launches 46 more Starlink internet satellites in 7th flight this year

CBS News
By William Harwood - February 21, 2022


NRO warns satellite operators of possible Russian attacks

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - February 23, 2022


With IARPA, Intel Community joins battle against (tiny) space debris

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - February 23, 2022


Earth science satellites bring intel to the masses

Axios
By Andrew Freedman - February 18, 2022


Space acquisition nominee: Satellites must be defended, ‘the economy depends on space’

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - February 17, 2022


US Space Force aims for more resilient architecture by 2026

Defense News
By Courtney Albon - February 17, 2022


Terran Orbital touts military and defense contracts ahead of going public

Space News
By Sandra Erwin - February 17, 2022


Russia could target American space firms to blind Ukraine

Breaking Defense
By Theresa Hitchens - February 15, 2022


Companies ask GSA to address inflation in government contracts

Federal News Network
By Eric White - February 14, 2022


Rocket Lab to launch  "back-to-back" missions from New Zealand

Rocket Lab
By Staff - February 11, 2022


NRO looks to ease companies in the door with tiered cybersecurity requirements

Federal News Network
By Justin Doubleday - February 11, 2022


30th SFS Supports NROL-87 Launch

Vandenberg Space Force Base
By Airman 1st Class Tiarra Sibley - February 10, 2022


Bloomberg nominated to defense advisory board on innovation

AP
By Lolita Baldor - February 9, 2022


NRO Launches NROL-87 Reconnaissance Payload on SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

ExecutiveGov
By Angeline Leishman - February 3, 2022


Satellite-imagery specialist ICEYE raises $136 million to better monitor catastrophes like floods

CNBC
By Michael Sheetz - February 3, 2022


SpaceX launches classified spy satellite as rapid-fire launch sequence continues

CBS News
By William Harwood - February 2, 2022


NRO launches first secretive satellite of 2022

C4ISRNET
By Nathan Strout - February 2, 2022


Report: U.S. military needs a better way to buy commercial satellite imagery

February 2, 2022
Sandra Erwin


SpaceX set to launch top secret spy payload from California

February 1, 2022
Stephen Clark


For national security space, running to stand still: 2021 In Review

December 28, 2021
Theresa Hitchens


Spacing out: Will we allow the privatization of space to eclipse NASA and NRO?

December 23, 2021
Deb Pfaff


'God of aerospace engineering': Hans Mark, former UT chancellor who fled Nazis, dies at 92

December 19, 2021
Michael Barnes


DoD hosts Combined Space Operations Initiative Principals Board

December 15, 2021
U.S. Department of Defense


DoD, IC must better harvest commercial space innovation, officials say

December 15, 2021
Theresa Hitchens


Opinion: Will strong actions follow words in Biden’s space policy?

December 14, 2021
Hannah Dennis and Kaitlyn Johnson


HyspecIQ selects advisers, offering clues to early applications

December 14, 2021
Debra Werner

BlackSky to begin transition to higher-resolution imaging satellites in 2023

December 13, 2021
Sandra Erwin


‘Elevating’ hidden ideas: Inside the Army’s Dragon’s Lair invention contest

December 13, 2021
Andrew Eversden


Newly public Planet aims for NRO contract, software investments

December 8. 2021
Theresa Hitchens


NDAA pumps the brakes on programs to track moving targets

December 7, 2021
Theresa Hitchens


Final defense bill nixes space guard, directs classification review of space programs

December 7, 2021
Sandra Erwin


NRO director: Innovation is the key to America’s advantage in space

December 6, 2021
Chris Scolese


Top Space Force official: China is developing space capabilities at 'twice the rate' of US

December 5, 2021
Kristin Fisher and Sonnet Swire


Imagery Industry Seeking Direct DoD Sales In Wake Of Tiny NRO Bid

October 22, 2021
Theresa Hitchens


Ryan Young, Dr. Susan Durham Deliver Keynote Addresses at Potomac Officers Club’s 7th Annual Intel Summit

October 18, 2021
Summer Myatt


National Reconnaissance Office releases solicitation for commercial space radar imagery

October 12, 2021
Sandra Erwin


Army, NRO Pioneer Direct Sat Imagery Downlink In ‘Scarlet Dragon’

October 11, 2021
Theresa Hitchens


NRO’s Upcoming BAA Will Allow Office to Continuously Assess and Acquire Commercial Capabilities

October 11, 2021
Calvin Biesecker


NGA looks to corral satellite imagery, other data in push for ‘synthetic persistence’

October 11, 2021
Justin Doubleday


NRO establishes licenses and cybersecurity rules for commercial imagery providers

October 08, 2021
Debra Werner


NRO Applies Non-Traditional Sourcing Method for Commercial Imagery, Data Collection Platforms

October 08, 2021
Nichols Martin


NRO’s Upcoming Commercial BAA Will Consist Of Three Stages To Engage With Industry

October 08, 2021
Cal Biesecker


National Reconnaissance Office opens door for more commercial services

October 07, 2021
Nathan Strout


NRO Trims Red Tape For Commercial Imagery Data

October 07, 2021
Theresa Hitchens


NRO begins journey toward commercial data program of record

October 07, 2021
Debra Werner


NRO to tap commercial industry for space-based radar data

October 07, 2021
Sandra Erwin


NRO Set To Release BAA To Rapidly Take Advantage Of Commercial Capabilities

October 07, 2021
Cal Biesecker


New U.S. Spy Satellites Offer North Korea Insight, Official Says

October 07, 2021
Tony Capaccio


New spy satellites can provide data on North Korea and other key areas

October 07, 2021
Tony Capaccio


NGA to increase use of commercial analytic services

October 06, 2021
Sandra Erwin


To Advance GEOINT Research, Intel Community Seeks Help Outside Government

October 06, 2021
Theresa Hitchens


NRO’s strategy to buy satellite imagery shaped by thriving commercial market

October 05, 2021
Sandra Erwin