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Defense contractor Exelis Inc. announced Tuesday the name of the company that will be created by the spinning off of its Colorado Springs-based Mission Systems division. The new company will be named Vectrus, according to an Exelis news release. “Vectrus is a blended name derived from the words Vector and Trust,” the release stated. “Vector… Continue Reading Exelis names Springs-based spin-off company Vectrus

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The Space Foundation announced Monday that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. will be the featured speaker at the organization’s Space Technology Hall of Fame dinner in May. The ceremony will take place at the Broadmoor Hotel May 22, wrapping up the Foundation’s 30th annual Space Symposium, according to a news release. The release said that… Continue Reading NASA head to keynote Space Technology Hall of Fame dinner

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Space Foundation supports federal budget

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Space Foundation supports federal budget

The Space Foundation offered its support for the Administration’s FY15 budget proposal for NASA, calling the proposal a “balanced approach to sustaining key NASA programs and capabilities, while increasing emphasis on next generation capabilities – within a budget constrained environment.” “The president’s proposal of $17.46 billion in FY15 funding for NASA is very close to… Continue Reading Space Foundation supports federal budget

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Boeing passes tests on way to launch craft

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Boeing passes tests on way to launch craft

Aerospace giant Boeing Company, which has a large presence in Colorado Springs, is one step closer to launching its Crew Space Transportation program after having successfully completed hardware design and software safety tests. The company said Thursday in a news release that its Commercial Crew Program completed a Critical Design Review for its Launch Vehicle… Continue Reading Boeing passes tests on way to launch craft

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Satellite program preps cadets for real deal

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Satellite program preps cadets for real deal

America’s next Falcon Satellite is set to be launched by SpaceX in 2016, and it will not only carry hardware and software designed along the Front Range — it will help launch the careers of many young Air Force Academy cadets. The work of AFA cadets will pay off when their FalconSAT-6 is delivered to Cape… Continue Reading Satellite program preps cadets for real deal

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UCCS, Northrop Grumman forge partnership

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UCCS, Northrop Grumman forge partnership

International security company Northrop Grumman Corp., a leading contractor in Colorado’s aerospace and defense industry, has named UCCS as one of the company’s Core University Partners. The fellowship of the two Colorado Springs mainstays, announced Tuesday during an event at UCCS, is a strategy to bolster the region’s workforce and an investment in the future… Continue Reading UCCS, Northrop Grumman forge partnership

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Blue skies ahead: Fort Carson benefits from revived funding, a sign of its stature

While President Barack Obama was signing a $1.1 trillion appropriations act into law last week, Colorado Springs’ reassured Army outpost was looking at a hefty check it is waiting to cash. Of the $487 billion that the legislation set aside for the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2014 budget, $9.8 billion will fund military construction… Continue Reading Blue skies ahead: Fort Carson benefits from revived funding, a sign of its stature

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New defense funding sets Piñon Canyon limits

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The National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law in late December by President Barack Obama, includes language that would ensure the protection of land surrounding Fort Carson’s primary remote test site. An amendment to the act that was introduced by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, now requires… Continue Reading New defense funding sets Piñon Canyon limits

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Mixed news keeps aerospace, defense uncertain

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Mixed news keeps aerospace, defense uncertain Colorado’s aerospace and defense industry had promise for an exciting and economically revitalizing 2014 — until Monday, Dec. 30, when the Federal Aviation Administration announced that the state was not chosen to become one of the country’s six UAS (unmanned aircraft systems, or drones) test sites. Although the outcome… Continue Reading Mixed news keeps aerospace, defense uncertain

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Year in review: Aerospace and defense

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Year in review: Aerospace and defense

This year has produced negatives and positives: While the region has potential to become something great by way of unmanned (drone) testing and continued growth in the field, it also faces fiscal barriers because of the federal budget issues and potential for a decrease in military presence.   January 31 Army movement could help or… Continue Reading Year in review: Aerospace and defense

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