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Happy Thanksgiving!

By |November 26th, 2015|

Optimizing The MILSATCOM Domain

By |July 15th, 2015|

By Rob Patterson, Vice President, Sales and Strategic Development, BraxtonTechnologies, LLC July 15, 2015  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  When attempting to [...]

Space experts support sharing military satellite data

By |April 20th, 2015|

The Associated Press  © April 19, 2015  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  Air Force Space Command leaders are working on plans to share data from satellites controlled by the military, bringing new opportunities that could allow firefighters to get images on their smartphones to help stamp out wildfires, and allow nonmilitary organizations to keep a better eye on the weather. The civilian world is working on how infrared pictures could be used, with Colorado Springs software firm Braxton Technologies leading the pack. […]

The Space Business is Booming in Colorado

By |April 20th, 2015|

Jay Polk , Weekend Meteorologist/Reporter, jay.polk@krdo.com,  06:43 PM MDT Apr 14, 2015   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – The floor is full at the 31st Annual Space Symposium. Companies from all over the world are in town to show off their products. And many of those global giants have operations right here in Colorado Springs.”That is a space control segment for us.  And we also have folks at Schriever,” said Lori Thompson.Thompson is the Vice President of Geospatial Systems for Exelis.  It’s one of the larger companies at the Symposium.”Colorado is home for about 800 employees for Exelis,” she said.Smaller firms like Braxton Technologies are here too.  So what do they do?”We are currently supporting the GPS system through the Air Force,” said Tyler Goudie.They represent another dot on the map of space based businesses in Colorado Springs. […]

International Space Symposium delegates tour of Colorado aerospace sector

By |April 20th, 2015|

By Laura Keeney,  The Denver Post, 04/19/2015 12:01:00 AM MDT A German Space Agency delegation tours the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder on Friday. Edgar Johansson, right foreground, manager of strategic initiatives with LASP, leads the tour. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)   COLORADO SPRINGS — Oakman Aerospace president Stan Kennedy likely didn’t expect his small company would get a personal audience with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in the same week, on his home turf. But that’s exactly what happened when delegations from each agency, along with several aerospace companies from each country, took tours of Oakman’s Littleton headquarters last week. […]

Space Symposium’s the place to load up on pens, hats and other swag

By |April 17th, 2015|

The Gazette, By Tom Roeder  Updated: April 16, 2015 at 11:26 am When is a plastic wind-up toy robot worth more than $1 billion? For scores of exhibitors at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this week, the answer is: when the right customer grabs that piece of swag from your booth. More than 11,000 people gathering at The Broadmoor for the annual event have encountered tons of swag, including pens, calendars, toys, hats, T-shirts and candy. “It’s like candy for Halloween,” said Air Force Space Command spokesman Mike Pierson as he oversaw his own stash of logo-covered bags and pens. “It’s what gets people to the door.” […]

Sharing spy satellite data with civilian users would be ‘game changer,’ space experts say

By |April 17th, 2015|

The Gazette, By Tom Roeder  Published: April 17, 2015  A treasure trove of Air Force satellite data that can be used to spot wildfires, monitor climate conditions and do hundreds of other tasks could emerge from a curtain of government secrecy. Air Force Space Command leaders are working on plans to share data from Space-Based Infrared System Satellites controlled by airmen at Aurora’s Buckley Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. The effort is being led by Space Command’s Remote Sensing Directorate in Los Angeles, which also is looking at how to use the information for military intelligence. […]

Intelsat General Awarded Air Force Contract to Study Commercialization of Satellite Control Network

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 19:58BETHESDA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Intelsat General Corp. (IGC) is one of four companies awarded a contract by the United States Air Force (USAF) to study the viability of using commercial facilities and operations expertise for the tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) of government satellites. The goal of the contract, known as the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) Commercial Provisioning (CP) study, is to provide USAF Space Command with a detailed plan for leveraging commercial TT&C facilities and capabilities to substantially reduce operations and maintenance costs while enabling the government to meet national security space objectives and warfighter operational needs. The USAF has stated that a future space concept of operations could include a mix of government and commercial command and control networks. […]

Colorado Springs’ presence shrinks on Inc’s list of 5,000 fastest-growing companies

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:53- Braxton Technologies, LLC which was started in 1994 and develops software to help Air Force commands in the Springs and Los Angeles automate satellite control and other tasks. The company made the list for the fourth consecutive year. It employed 96 people at the end of last year, adding 58 in the past three years. Braxton’s revenue was up 78 percent since 2008 to $20.1 million, ranking it 3,735th, compared with 3,064th in 2012. […]

Expecting Twins: A How-To Guide to Dual Launch

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Friday, 28 June 2013 22:11Recently released views of the next two Galileo satellites in the European Space Agency’s testing lab, along with dual-launch rumblings from the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin, occasion this story about two birds with one drone. That is, an unmanned autonomous vehicle bound for the exosphere. The rest of the GNSS world is on board with this topic; isn’t it about time GPS caught up? The first two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites will launch as a pair, earlier advertised as a September blast, now possibly delayed until December; a second dynamic duo will follow sometime thereafter. Then two again, and two, and two, until the Ariane 5 rocket launches four at once. Four! […]

Air Force Video Explains GPS Role in Daily Life

By |December 19th, 2014|

All of us in the GPS industry know someone who only thinks of GPS as a feature of their smartphone. [...]

Braxton Technologies Sets the Example – The 29th Annual National Space Symposium: Better Every Year

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 17:17Neither rain, sleet, snow, hail, wind, nor dark of night will deter… Loosely Translated, Herodotus, Histories (8.98) …attendees at the 29th National Space Symposium from their appointed rounds. Seriously, folks, with apologies to postal workers everywhere, here in the Rocky Mountains it was 72 degrees on the eighth of April, the first day of the largest space symposium in the world. This morning, the ninth, the startled thermometer hovered around eleven degrees with snow, high winds and attendees searching for any outer wear they could find. And except for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) personnel, everyone braved the weather and soldiered on. NASA, of course, one of the few government agencies with space in its name, decided they did not need to attend the National Space Symposium this year. But that is NASA’s loss and a story for another time, because more than 9,000 other dedicated space professionals did attend, and more than 170 companies provided major exhibits that filled to capacity the largest pillar-less exhibition hall west of the Mississippi. Just writing this makes my feet hurt. And the best part is this all takes place at the five-star Broadmoor Resort in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, hence Mother Nature’s raucous spring weather shenanigans. […]

Space industry flying high but faces challenges

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Monday, 25 February 2013 03:59 THE GAZETTE Colorado’s space industry faces challenges from flat government spending, growth of competitors for commercial markets and an aging workforce, according to a report to be published Tuesday by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. The state’s $8.7 billion space industry employed more than 66,000 in 2011 between the military and commercial sectors and generates 3.8 percent of the state’s economic output, making it a “critical driver for Colorado’s economic growth because of the industry’s links to the telecommunications, software and advanced materials industries, the report said. The space industry’s growth in recent years helped to offset some of the effects of the recent recession, adding 3,300 jobs when the rest of the state’s job market was contracting. […]

GPS Mission Operations – Why It Matters

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Thursday, 16 August 2012 22:24The current GPS operational control segment (OCS) program implements a traditional support model with Level 1 support providing basic day-to-day administration of the ground system and routinely handles rudimentary troubleshooting of basic system problems. Level 2 troubleshooting issues, however, frequently deal with advanced operational configurations, system capabilities, and possible product bugs or even failures. […]

Accepting JFK’s Challenge

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:28 THE GAZETTE The U.S. should not abandon space flight and exploration, Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson said Tuesday at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs as he urged business and political leaders to inspire students to pursue careers in science, engineering, math and technology. “We are at a crossroads in space, especially in the United States. We face challenges in this political, financial and budget environment and some question the value of space exploration, but that can’t be the legacy of JFK’s challenge,” Swanson told more than 1,000 business, military and government leaders attending the symposium at The Broadmoor International Center, referring to a 1961 speech that President John F. Kennedy made to a joint session of Congress committing the nation to putting a man on the moon. […]

GPS & the Waldo Canyon Fire

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 22:26Tuesday, the 26th of June, started off as a beautiful day in Colorado Springs, if you ignored the towering plume of smoke to the west from the Waldo Canyon Wildfire. The wildfire started three days before in the popular Waldo Canyon hiking area in the Rocky Mountains just off Highway 24. While people in the Colorado Springs area were concerned, there were currently eight other wildfires raging in the state of Colorado and over the past month arsonist(s) were suspected of starting up to 20+ wildfires. So, many had become inured to the sight and smell of smoke. Only one serious wildfire was known to be currently out of control in Colorado at the time, so concerns in the Colorado Springs community could be described as moderate. […]

Aerospace & Big Data: Skybox Imaging

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Saturday, 07 January 2012 22:28 SATMAGAZINE.com Satellite imagery is exciting because of the tremendous amount of untapped opportunity [...]

2 SOPS Has GPS Well in Hand

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Friday, 16 December 2011 22:28GPS WORLD December is typically the month when writers of regularly featured columns wax nostalgic and engage in a certain amount of prognostication. This year I enlisted the help of Lt. Col. Jennifer Grant, the 2SOPS/CC at Schriever AFB, the home of GPS, to help us with our year-end review and crystal-ball gazing as we look ahead to the GPS horizon. Lt. Col. Grant reminisces about her first 16 months as 2SOPS/CC, reviews numerous major accomplishments, and updates us on the status of the GPS constellation as well as the often overlooked, ever contentious and always seemingly in flux critical Command and Control (C2) segment. […]

Next Step in GPS Success Story

By |December 19th, 2014|

The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System has delivered the program’s pathfinder spacecraft to the company’s Denver -area facility. The pathfinder, known as the GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST), will now undergo final assembly, integration and test activities in a new facility designed to maximize efficiencies and reduce costs of satellite production. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites while improving capability to meet the evolving needs of military, commercial and civilian users worldwide. GPS III satellites will deliver better accuracy and improved anti-jamming power while enhancing the spacecraft’s design life and adding a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with international global navigation satellite systems. […]

GPS Expandable 24 in Action

By |December 19th, 2014|

The GPS 2A-22 spacecraft had been removed from active duty two years ago to accommodate the deployment of a fresh bird into the constellation. Now, the Boeing-built satellite is back in action to transmit the timing and location signals to users around the world. Launched in August 1993 atop a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral, the satellite has long surpassed its 7-year design life. But with some use still left to give, the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schreiver Air Force Base in Colorado have taken the rare step of reactivating it. “My hat goes off to our operators, analysts, and contractor support personnel — their superior care and feeding of our constellation is the reason (2A-22) is still viable for operations 18 years after launch,” said Lt. Col. Dean Holthaus, 2 SOPS director of operations. Officials said this was only the second time in GPS history that a decommissioned satellite has returned to active status. […]

Newest GPS IIF Nav Sat Operational

By |December 19th, 2014|

MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 The nation’s newest Global Positioning System satellite has completed its post-launch checkout and entered service in the orbiting constellation. The Air Force’s GPS 2F-2 spacecraft was boosted into orbit July 16 from Cape Canaveral atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket. Controllers have spent the past month getting the Boeing-built satellite prepped to transmit precision navigation and timing information to users across the planet. “This next-generation GPS 2F satellite has been set healthy and is ready to begin providing a strong, clear and secure signal,” said Air Force Col. Bernard Gruber, director of the GPS Directorate. “The Air Force and allied military forces around the world use GPS devices in virtually every system to improve their capabilities and effectiveness while reducing risk to the warfighter.” […]

DoD Efficiency Expert for Dep SecDef

By |December 19th, 2014|

By Amber Corrin Aug 03, 2011 The major budget cuts underway at the Defense Department and on the table in the debt ceiling deal are likely to get a strong push from at least one newly promoted DOD official: President Barack Obama has nominated Ashton Carter, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, as deputy secretary of defense. […]

OCX Update

By |December 19th, 2014|

The next-generation GPS Ground Control system (OCX) under the direction of prime contractor Raytheon did not pass the recently concluded [...]

GPS navigation satellite takes nighttime ride to orbit

By |December 19th, 2014|

BY JUSTIN RAY SPACEFLIGHT NOW Posted: July 16, 2011 Continuing a prolific partnership that has benefited billions of users around the world, the Delta rocket family today successfully launched its 50th satellite for the Global Positioning System. The Delta 4 rocket fires away from the Cape. Credit: Pat Corkery/ULA See launch photo gallery The powerful Delta 4 booster blasted away from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 37 at 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT) for a middle-of-the-night ascent precisely timed to deliver a critical replacement satellite directly into the GPS constellation. It was the type of rocket flight that could appear routine. But replenishing the navigation network is vital to the military forces, civilian consumers and the blossoming commercial marketplace that have come to depend on GPS every day. […]

GPS Constellation at 24 + 3

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2011 22:28SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado — The 50th Space Wing successfully completed a two phase [...]

Second IIF Satellite Prepped for Launch

By |December 19th, 2014|

BY JUSTIN RAY SPACEFLIGHT NOW Posted: June 27, 2011 A Global Positioning System satellite has been loaded aboard its ride to space, arriving Monday at Cape Canaveral’s Complex 37 for mounting atop the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket. Liftoff of the GPS 2F-2 spacecraft is scheduled for July 14 during a 19-minute window extending from 2:49 to 3:08 a.m. EDT (0649-0708 GMT). The launch is timed to deliver the satellite into the GPS constellation to replace a 20-year craft that has long exceeded its expected lifespan. GPS satellites fly about 11,000 miles above the planet and emit continuous navigation signals that allow users to find their precise position in latitude, longitude and altitude and determine time. Originally built for the U.S. military, the GPS service has spread across the world as an indispensable commercial utility. […]

News from 27th NSS & Other Space/PNT Events

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Thursday, 12 May 2011 22:28April, May, and June are watershed months for space and PNT geeks every year. In April I was honored to attend the National Space Foundation sponsored 27th annual National Space Symposium held at the incomparable five-star Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and in May, just last week I attended the 10th annual GPS Partnership Council at SMC (Space and Missile Systems Center) in Los Angeles, California. Currently I am planning my strategy and greasing the chain on the mountain bike for the sixth annual Space and Cyberwarfare Symposium in the beautiful mountain village of Keystone, Colorado, which is followed later in June by the Joint Navigation Conference, also in Colorado Springs. […]

GPS Operational Optimism

By |December 19th, 2014|

Boeing… GPS’ Operational Optimism… (Satellites) [SatNews] Securing precise global navigation for private and military use, GPS IIF receives an increase in its operational status… Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced that its GPS Operational Control Segment (OCS) has gained full operational status with the U.S. Air Force 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. OCS keeps the GPS system operational within specified accuracy to provide secure and precise navigation around the world for military, humanitarian and commercial applications. […]

GPS Ground System Upgrades Accepted

By |December 19th, 2014|

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) -- Officials at the 50th Space Wing accepted two Global Positioning System ground system [...]

Boeing Commercial Satellite Services

By |December 19th, 2014|

Boeing Commercial Satellite Services will work with the owners of satellite systems to market available bandwidth on active systems as [...]