Voyager Space Holdings Names Matthew Kuta as President/CEO, Adds 3 to Board

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DENVER (Voyager Space Holdings PR) — Voyager Space Holdings Inc., the first space focused holding company in the world, today announced Matthew Kuta will join the team as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and add three world class leaders to its Board of Directors.

As the market’s first vertically integrated NewSpace holding company, Voyager will help enable engineer founded and run subsidiaries to focus on the development of innovative products and services by centralizing shared service functions at the holding company level. The firm’s first in industry model is uniquely tailored to support the growth needs of commercial space companies by offering an alternative solution to traditional private capital models with a longer-term approach as a provider of permanent capital.

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SpaceX’s Philosophy: Reliability Through Continual Upgrades

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Remains of a Falcon 9 rocket fall to Earth.

By Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

To succeed in the launch business, you need to be very, very good and more than a little bit lucky. Eventually, there comes a day when you are neither.

That is what happened to SpaceX on June 28. A string of 18 successful Falcon 9 launches was snapped as the company’s latest rocket broke up in the clear blues skies over the Atlantic Ocean. A Dragon supply ship headed for the International Space Station was lost, SpaceX’s crowded manifest was thrown into confusion, and the company’s reputation for reliability was shattered.

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USAF Space Command Gets New Commander

Gen. John E. Hyten
Gen. John E. Hyten

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (USAF PR) — General John E. Hyten became the 16th commander of Air Force Space Command, in a change-of-command ceremony here today, replacing General William L. Shelton.

General Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony.

General Hyten attended Harvard University on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied sciences and was commissioned a second lieutenant. General Hyten’s career includes assignments in a variety of space acquisition and operations positions. He served in senior engineering positions on both Air Force and Army anti-satellite weapon system programs. General Hyten became AFSPC Commander after serving as vice commander.
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Shelton Calls for Innovation, Cost Savings Amid Tight Budgets

Gen. William Shelton
Gen. William Shelton

by John Parker
72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., April 21, 2014 — Innovation and cost-saving ideas will help ensure the Air Force keeps its warfighting readiness despite significant, ongoing budget cuts, the commander of Air Force Space Command recently told a Tinker audience.

General William L. Shelton spoke April 15 in Bldg. 4029 to about 90 members of the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group.

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Shelton: USAF Standards More Rigorous for Falcon 9

Falcon 9 lifts off with the Thaicom-6 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)
Falcon 9 lifts off with the Thaicom-6 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)

The head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command explained on Tuesday why the service is putting SpaceX’s Falcon 9 through a thorough evaluation process before allowing the rocket to fly military payloads.

If a rocket failed, the loss of a national security satellite potentially worth more than $1.5 billion would be a bigger setback than losing food, clothing and other station supplies, Gen. William Shelton told the National Space Club Florida Committee.

“So there’s a big difference,” he said…

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Shelton: Sequestration Destroying Military Space Program

Launch of Delta IV NROL-65, August 28, 2013 from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: ULA)
Launch of Delta IV NROL-65, August 28, 2013 from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: ULA)

With the budget fight heating up in Washington, the threat of a government shutdown looming, and Congressional Republicans attempting to repeal new health care law for the 42nd time, the nation’s top military space official is warning of a looming crisis in national defense.

Using his most stark language to date on the topic, the U.S. Air Force’s top uniformed officer for space described the automatic U.S. budget cuts known as sequestration as “silliness” and warned that their compounded effects into 2015 could effectively torpedo the entire U.S. military space enterprise.

“You will break every program,” said Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command.

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