Airmen with Air Force Space Command’s 45th Space Wing coordinated launch operations last week at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., for a Boeing Delta II boosting two NASA solar research satellites into orbit. According to a NASA news release, the satellites will carry out a first-ever mission to measure solar flares and wind in 3-D. Their data will help NASA and USAF scientists understand how the sun produces space weather. That understanding can lead to better protection of satellites and Earth-bound power systems against damaging solar storms. The two spacecraft, known as “Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory,” or STEREO, will conduct the mission for two years.
Feb. 23, 2024
The Department of the Air Force’s space acquisition boss called for industry to stop low-bidding contracts and for the Pentagon to only select realistic proposals on Feb. 23, arguing that failures to do so eventually forces the Space Force to “rob our future to pay for the past.”