Air Force Eyes Cheaper Space Missions Amid Budget Woes

Law360, Washington (March 5, 2014, 6:21 PM EST) -- The U.S. Air Force will focus on smaller, cheaper missions to space in its 2015 budget as it tries to maintain its advantage in the final frontier while providing flexibility for potential future budget cuts, officials said Wednesday.

According to Air Force Undersecretary Eric Fanning, the U.S. is losing its “asymmetric” advantage in space thanks to its continuing budget woes and a growing number of countries launching their own satellites.

At the moment, there are more than 60 countries and governmental consortia operating the 22,000 objects...
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