Space 

The end of SBIRS: Air Force says it’s time to move on

Air Force is seeking a “survivable missile warning capability by the mid-2020s.” WASHINGTON — The Air Force will develop a new constellation of missile warning  satellites amid worries that the current system is vulnerable to attack and not a good return on investment. In the budget proposed for fiscal year 2019, the Air Force accelerates the development of the next-generation of missile warning satellites. It provides $643 million for the program and eliminates funding for vehicles 7 and 8 of the Space Based Infrared System, or SBIRS. Funding for further…

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Space 

Plan to modernize air and space systems takes Air Force out of its comfort zone

Secretary Wilson: “This budget changes the way in which we intend to execute battle management command and control.” WASHINGTON — In the budget request that was submitted to Congress last week, the U.S. Air Force made investment decisions that just a few years ago would have been jaw-dropping. A $7 billion surveillance aircraft program is being jettisoned in favor of an information network that connects sensors from across the battlefield and in outer space. And billion-dollar satellites known to be engineering marvels are being replaced by simpler, less costly platforms.…

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Space 

SN Military.Space | DoD space budget: Billions for next-gen satellites, launch vehicles; New funding lines for ‘rapid acquisitions’

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter we publish Tuesdays. If you would like to get our news and insights for military space professionals before everyone else, sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: New direction for DoD space investments. Pentagon 2019 budget proposal ‘pivots’ to next-generation satellites Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. (Credit: USAF) It had been hinted for months that the Trump administration’s FY-19 defense budget would make serious investments in military space in response to growing threats…

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Space 

O3b’s Steve Collar to lead SES, Karim Michel Sabbagh stepping down

WASHINGTON — Satellite fleet operator SES on Feb. 12 announced that CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh will be leaving the company April 5, exactly four years after assuming the position. Steve Collar, who ran the medium-Earth orbit satellite operator O3b Networks from 2012 to 2017 and now leads all of SES’s connectivity business, will replace Sabbagh. Additionally, SES’s Chief Financial Officer Padraig McCarthy, is retiring, with another former O3b executive, CFO Andrew Brown, taking his place. In a statement, SES said Sabbagh chose to leave the company “ In order to…

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Technology 

As Google reclaims Nest, ex-CEO Fadell says spin-off was a blunder – CNET

Ex-Nest CEO Tony Fadell: “Nest was acquired by Google for a specific reason. I pitched it as ‘We are the senses and you are the brain.’” James Martin/CNET Google’s announcement this week that it’s bringing Nest back under its wing has some former employees of the smart-thermostat maker saying the company never should’ve been spun off in the first place. Tony Fadell, co-founder and ex-CEO of Nest, said both companies’ efforts in connected gadgets were hurt when Google made Nest a separate business less than two years after acquiring it.…

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Technology 

As Google reclaims Nest, ex-CEO Fadell says spin-off was blunder – CNET

Ex-Nest CEO Tony Fadell: “Nest was acquired by Google for a specific reason. I pitched it as ‘We are the senses and you are the brain.’” James Martin/CNET Google’s announcement this week that it’s bringing Nest back under its wing has some former employees of the smart-thermostat maker saying the company never should’ve been spun off in the first place. Tony Fadell, co-founder and ex-CEO of Nest, said both companies’ efforts in connected gadgets were hurt when Google made Nest a separate business less than two years after acquiring it.…

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Space 

Op-ed | How will the Earth-observation market evolve with the rise of AI?

This op-ed originally appeared in the Jan. 29, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. For the Earth-observation industry, 2017 was an eventful year. Several trends emerged that could transform the market landscape as profoundly as the proliferation of smallsats already have. We witnessed significant investments in Earth-observation startups leveraging machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence, or AI, to extract invaluable insights from the growing abundance of satellite imagery.We also saw the continued transition of Earth-observation satellite operators from merely selling imagery to selling value-added services. Last year, startups building…

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Sport 

Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale open to Chelsea swap deal for Eden Hazard after Man Utd snub

Gareth Bale has been linked with a move away from the capital after a frustrating time with injuries and a return to the Premier League could be on the cards in the summer. United showed interest in the Welshman last summer but following the acquisitions of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, Jose Mourinho has already confirmed he will not be on the lookout for more attacking players when the transfer window reopens. Spanish publication Diario Gol claim Bale is keen on a move to the Premier League and has also…

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Gaming 

PUBG PS4 release date BLOW: New setback for Sony, as Microsoft makes MAJOR play

PUBG is in danger of never releasing on PS4, as Microsoft reportedly expresses an interest in acquiring the company that owns Battlegrounds. The Battlegrounds PS4 release date remains a mystery, and things could be further complicated if a new report on Polygon is true. According to the report, Microsoft is interested in potentially buying Electronic Arts, Valve and PUBG Corp. The latter seems to make the most sense, especially with Microsoft’s timed console exclusivity deal in place for PUBG Battlegrounds. “Some of the names being thrown around as possible acquisitions…

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Space 

A space corps in the U.S. military a ‘no brainer,’ says former astronaut

Terry Virts: Space warriors require unique skills. ‘It’s not like flying F-16s.” WASHINGTON — With 28 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and 16 years as a NASA astronaut, Terry Virts understands why the Pentagon has fought back proposals to create an independent military space corps. Virts now believes the momentum is shifting. “It’s such a no brainer,” Virts told SpaceNews. “Space, air, cyber, those are truly different domains.” Space is becoming a battlefront in a broader competition among world powers, he said, making it more of an…

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