The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration could have big implications for intelligence gathering from deep space.
The Delta IV Heavy rocket can bring up to 50,000 pounds of payload into orbit.
STT KOR-24A is a small, two-channel radio terminal that delivers simultaneous voice and data communications.
DISA awards task order under commercial satellite acquisition process.
Deactivating the 21st Space Wing radar system will save the Air Force $14 million annually, but the proposed replacement costs could reach $2 billion.
While cutting costs through competition, FCSA is threatened by high demand, lagging supply, security shortfalls.
The sixth satellite in the WGS system will be operational in 2014.
New propulsion system touted as weight, cost saver.