Los Angeles AFB, Calif.—The U.S. Air Force plans to buy a small version of the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (Npoess) spacecraft to house its forthcoming Defense Weather Satellite System (DWSS), says Douglas Loverro, deputy of the Space and Missile Systems Center here. The decision to go with a smaller satellite bus will pull about 35% of the weight from the spacecraft, he tells Aviation Week. It comes after months of wrangling over the U.S. ...


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