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Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the second of 12 Global Position System satellites that it is building for the U.S. Air Force. The GPS satellites are monitored from Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. The satellite launched Saturday on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.… Continue Reading Boeing launches next gen satellite for Schriever

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Groups protest cuts to NASA, NOAA

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The 2012 appropriations bill – still being debated in Congress – has substantial cuts both to NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, prompting calls of concern from aviation and aerospace groups. Continue Reading Groups protest cuts to NASA, NOAA

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Braxton’s owner, The O’Neil Group, is buying the building at 6 N. Tejon St. and plans to move the defense software company and its 80 employees there. Continue Reading Braxton Technologies moving into former Chase building

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GPS a map to aerospace revenue streams

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Global positioning satellites kept the aerospace industry — and Colorado Springs companies — aloft in 2010. The aerospace economy grew 7.7 percent in 2010, reaching a record total of $276.5 billion, and the industry as a whole has grown 48 percent since 2005, thanks in large part to the boom in GPS products. Nowhere is… Continue Reading GPS a map to aerospace revenue streams

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Behind the scenes at the symposium that’s about to swallow The Broadmoor Two years ago, a fire in one of the outdoor display tents nearly derailed the largest non-sporting event in Colorado Springs, the annual Space Symposium. Last year, a high-tech robot snarfed up most of The Broadmoor’s Wi-Fi bandwidth, slowing down the computers and… Continue Reading Making space for the Space Symposium

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Aerospace and defense companies in Colorado Springs received good news from President Obama’s 2012 budget this week, but it wasn’t so kind to NASA. First the good news: Major rocket and satellite programs got a boost. And additional funding for space programs — including maintenance, research and development — means big money for aerospace companies… Continue Reading Obama budget favors rockets, satellites, but not NASA

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While Congress delays, defense contractors fret

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It’s four months into the fiscal year, and Congress has not passed the defense budget. That inaction has CEOs of the major defense companies, many of which have offices and employees in Colorado Springs, a little nervous. The Department of Defense is operating at 2010 budget levels, which bans starting new programs and limits production… Continue Reading While Congress delays, defense contractors fret

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The board of directors for the National Museum of World War II Aviation has almost everything it needs: the land, some exhibits, an educational plan and concept drawings. Airplanes ready to go on display, and steel has been acquired to build a hangar that will serve as an education building. All it needs now is… Continue Reading World War II aviation museum nearly ready for takeoff

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The aerospace industry posted more than $216 billion in sales in 2010, a 20 percent increase above 2009. The figure is still down from the record highs in 2007, but industry experts are hopeful the increase marks the end of recent declines in orders. “Aerospace has produced solid results, leading all manufacturers in trade surplus,”… Continue Reading Aerospace industry posts sales figure of $216 billion

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Cadets at the Air Force Academy launched their latest cadet-built satellite from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska last week. It took four years to make the launch happen, and the cadets are responsible for designing, building, integrating, testing and repairing the satellite, said Col. Marty France, head of the department of astronautics at the… Continue Reading Academy cadets launch weather satellite into orbit

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