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US Air Force looking to revamp, cut costs of space programs

Published on Mar 12, 2014 8:25 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (REUTERS) - To tackle a rising demand for space-based surveillance in an era of flat budgets, the US military is looking at smaller satellites, cheaper rockets and partnerships, the head of Air Force Space Command said on Tuesday.

"Status quo is just not going to work for us," General William Shelton said in a speech to the National Space Club Florida Committee in Cape Canaveral.

The Pentagon is requesting US$496 billion (S$628 billion) for the 2015 fiscal year that begins Oct 1.

The spending plan, which is essentially flat for the third consecutive year, cancels two Lockheed Martin Corp Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellites, saving $2.1 billion, and defers two Lockheed next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, among other cuts.

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