Apurva Minchekar

Originally from India, Apurva Minchekar is an Air Force and Space Force Reporter. She joined Inside Defense in March 2023 and has experience writing for print and digital platforms in India and the U.S. She has a Master's in Journalism from Boston University.

Archived Articles
Daily News | September 25, 2023

The Space Force has accepted the transfer of a second weather satellite that will provide regional coverage over the Indian Ocean for the U.S. military until 2030, the service announced Sept. 22.

Daily News | September 22, 2023

Sometime in the next three months, the Space Force will submit a final software acquisition strategy for its command and control effort to Pentagon officials for review, according to a service spokeswoman.

Daily News | September 15, 2023

In response to two congressional directives, the Defense Department Thursday published an unclassified report describing its approach to space-related policies and strategies on how it plans to protect the U.S. and its allies from threats in space.

The Insider | September 15, 2023

The Air Force is seeking solutions from industry to "deliver commercial-derivate air refueling systems," according to a notice posted Thursday.

The Insider | September 15, 2023

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Based on analysis and research of over 20 years, JetZero's Blended Wing Body seems to be a "promising" prototype, a top Air Force official told reporters Wednesday at the Air, Space and Cyber Conference.

Daily News | September 14, 2023

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Space Force is "actively" reviewing the classification process to perform its duties effectively and collaborate with allies and partners, a top service official said Tuesday.

Daily News | September 14, 2023

The Air Force is seeking information to identify potential capabilities and technologies to develop Next Generation Refueling and Airlift Teams of Systems built for specific mission requirements, according to a notice posted Tuesday.

Daily News | September 13, 2023

NATIONAL HABOR, MD -- The Space Force has launched Integrated Mission Delta, a two-prototype unit which will use electronic warfare and positioning, navigation and timing to bring operations and sustainment of the mission area under one command, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman said Tuesday morning.

Daily News | September 12, 2023

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Space Force is creating a service component to support regional combatant commands in Africa and Europe to leverage integration, collaboration and cooperation with joint "teammates," partners and allies in respective regions, a senior Space Force official said today at the Air, Space and Cyber conference.

Daily News | September 12, 2023

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Mobility Command aims to digitally connect 25% of the mobility fleet by 2025 and connect the ground systems, including the air operations centers, air mobility operation wings and contingency response groups, according to a senior Air Force official.

The Insider | September 7, 2023

To echo the Guardians' function of defending America's interest in space, the Space Force announced Sept. 6 a new mission statement -- "secure our Nation's interest in, from and to space."

Daily News | September 7, 2023

The Space Force awarded a five-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to Hughes Defense to provide low Earth orbit satellite services, according to an Aug. 22 announcement.

The Insider | September 7, 2023

Firefly Aerospace announced Sept. 5 its collaboration with L3Harris Technologies for three satellite launches on Firefly's Alpha vehicle in 2026 from the SLC-2 launch site at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Daily News | September 6, 2023

The Space Development Agency is planning to procure at least 54 space vehicles as part of the Tranche 2 Tracking Layer to launch in April 2027, according to a notice posted yesterday.

Daily News | September 5, 2023

The Space Development Agency announced Sept. 2 that it has successfully launched 13 Tranche 0 satellites for its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture.

Daily News | September 1, 2023

The Air Force is planning to release a "draft system requirements document for the KC-135 replacement aircraft system" later this month, according to a notice posted today.

Daily News | August 25, 2023

The Defense Department is looking for commercial solutions to develop and demonstrate on-orbit tactically responsive space systems, according to a notice posted yesterday.

Daily News | August 22, 2023

The Air Force announced it conducted an Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon hypersonic missile test on Aug. 19 but did not provide any details.

The Insider | August 21, 2023

The Space Development Agency awarded $1.5 billion to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to build 72 Tranche 2 Transport Layer- Beta variant satellites scheduled to launch in September 2026, according to an announcement by SDA today.

The Insider | August 17, 2023

The Space Force is looking for solutions that will help the service integrate military payloads onto a mature space vehicle with minimal modifications, according to a notice posted today.

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