Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration Frank Calvelli speaks during the panel discussion “Driving Change with Speed” at the Air and Space Forces Association 2024 Warfare Symposium in Aurora, Colo., Feb. 13, 2024. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich)

Acquisition chief sees autonomous satellites as wave of the future for Space Force

Service leaders have warned about the risks to the ground segments of U.S. military space architectures from cyber threats or other adversary methods.
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 85 commercial and government spacecraft and 3 Starlink satellites launches from Cape Canaveral on June 30, 2021. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dakota Raub)

New SDA, MDA missile-tracking satellites launched into space

The organizations aim to demonstrate capabilities on orbit that could be used to detect and track hypersonic weapons and other advanced threats.
Capt. Drake Williams, I3E program manager, interacts with I3E’s augmented reality space simulation at the SpaceDEN, a Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) facility located in El Segundo, Calif. (U.S. Space Force photo: Capt. Calvin Suratos)

Space Force taps Microsoft to build cloud-based, simulated space environment

The Integrated, Immersive, Intelligent Environment (I3E) is an augmented reality space simulation powered by Microsoft's HoloLens headsets.