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

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

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

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

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

By William Harwood - April 17, 2022

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

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

By Danielle Haynes - April 8, 2022

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

By Tony Capaccio - April 6, 2022

SpaceX schedules Vandenberg Space Force Base rocket launch for April 15

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

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

By Khari Johnson - March 15, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

By Lolita Baldor - February 9, 2022

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

By Angeline Leishman - February 3, 2022

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

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

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