As the U.S. Air Force pursues the idea of a new “Century Series” of fighter aircraft, it is promoting a similar effort for satellites in which the service would create a spacecraft bus with common components and processes that can be customized for individual missions. Such a modular bus design will save time, reduce complexity and cut costs up to 20% over existing contracts, the service says. Eventually, the service’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) says it wants ...

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