Gen. John Hyten, the commander of US Strategic Command, gave a Washington audience an impassioned defense of US national security space efforts. Addressing an audience at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, he painted a picture of a changed space environment that the US must consider as a military domain. Read the full story by Steve Hirsch.
An Air Force-designed sensor pod took its first flight on an MQ-9 Reaper earlier this year, after two years of development to create a way to “plug and play” multiple sensors on different aircraft. The AgilePod began development in 2016 as a joint venture between the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and was successfully demonstrated over three flights in March, according to a June 12 Air Force Materiel Command release. The pod uses open, adaptable architecture to offer non-proprietary systems than can quickly change payloads and work on multiple airframes.
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