Defense

Space Force needs more cyber operators for weapons systems, chief says

Protecting weapons platforms is a primary concern for Space Operations Command, says its vice commander.

Artificial Intelligence

How NASA, NOAA and AI might save the internet from devastating solar storms

Coronal mass ejections that can occur during the solar maximum are electrically charged, meaning they can easily destroy electrical and computer equipment.

Defense

US offers rare preview of upcoming spy-satellite launch

Officials talked about Tuesday’s launch of NROL-107 in a bid to “deter the adversary.”

Cybersecurity

National intelligence office issues cyber warning for government and commercial satellites

The warning comes just about a month after three teams at the DEF CON 23 convention in Las Vegas managed to successfully hack a government satellite in orbit.

Emerging Tech

The next big space business: satellite pictures of other satellites

As space debris proliferates and new weapons appear, a new market is rising to document it all.

Defense

Future wars will turn on space-cyber-special operations triad: Army SOF chief

The success of information ops is “the most important lesson learned from Ukraine right now.”

Acquisition

Space agencies are reforming acquisition to accelerate commercial tech integration

The nation’s space agencies are leveraging new procurement techniques to get their hands on critical emerging technologies and maintain U.S. competitiveness.

Emerging Tech

NASA’s new manned spacecraft estimated to ready by March, officials say

The agency is working with Boeing to remediate two issues with the Starliner spacecraft ahead of an anticipated crew flight test, but a specific launch date remains uncertain.

Ideas

Most Americans support NASA – but don’t think it should prioritize sending people to space

COMMENTARY | The United States’ most visible effort to maintain world leadership in space is arguably its Artemis Program to land humans on the Moon by late 2024.

Emerging Tech

IARPA awards contract for tracking lethal space debris

The intelligence agency tasked four contractors with researching new innovations to help better track small space debris that could harm spacecraft and satellites.

Ideas

First contact with aliens could end in colonization and genocide if we don’t learn from history

COMMENTARY | SETI has been listening for markers that may indicate alien life – but is doing so ethical?

Emerging Tech

Space Race 2.0: How the government is rapidly adopting next-gen space tech

From humankind’s first-ever lunar space station to an unmanned test-bed for emerging technologies that lives in space, the government is using innovative techniques to buy and build the next generation of space technology.

Artificial Intelligence

Space Force plans to harness AI to understand threats and challenges

From expanding space domain awareness to combating ever-evolving cyber threats, a top official detailed how the branch plans to leverage artificial intelligence in the near future.

Digital Government

Behind the business of NASA’s digital transformation

The space agency’s digital transformation officer talks about how a focus on business outcomes is helping NASA pivot its enterprise technology goals toward the future.

Emerging Tech

NASA steps closer to perfecting super-fast internet in deep space

Until very recently, NASA did not have a good solution for building extra bandwidth into the Deep Space Network.

Digital Government

NASA team’s plan to decode UFO sightings hinges on better data

The space agency is convening an independent panel to publish a report later this summer featuring best practices for data collection on unidentified anomalous phenomena.

Defense

Space Force will look at how to hack targets from space

“We're laying the groundwork for starting to figure that,” said the leader of Space Operations Command.

Emerging Tech

US Will Use AI to Track Orbiting Objects, Space Command Says

The four-year-old command is set to reach full operating capacity this year—but will it stay in Colorado?