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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Space Command boss wants more smaller, cheaper space-based systems

    Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    The boss at Air Force Space Command says the future is smaller and cheaper. Instead of launching billion dollar satellites, Gen. William Shelton sees the Air Force leasing commercial satellites for communications. And it gets cheaper from there - Shelton envisions putting Global...

  • Academy space telescope idea closer to reality

    Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    Experiments started at the Air Force Academy a decade ago have grown into a Ball Aerospace project that could change how scientists look at the universe. The Air Force Academy for years has been working on a plastic telescope lens called a photon sieve that parses light rays into a...

  • As government budgets squeeze, space executives eye growth

    Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    The old saw is "it's always sunny in space." And even as budget cuts slow defense and NASA spending, Colorado's space business leaders say that forecast holds true. "I think it's a growth industry," said Mark Valerio, president and general manager of Military Space at Lockheed...

  • Charlie Daniels 'thank-you' concert for military and emergency workers to open new Fiddler's Green season

    Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    ountry legend Charlie Daniels is throwing a Memorial Day weekend party, and thousands of Pikes Peak region troops are invited. The Gazette-sponsored Volunteer Jam concert on May 24 at the newly renovated Fiddler's Green Amphitheater will feature Daniels along with the Outlaws, Black...

  • Space Symposium draws big crowds, huge deals

    Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    "It's bigger than ever," said Kevin Cook, vice president of marketing for the Space Foundation, which runs the symposium. The symposium was launched in Colorado Springs shortly after the military began organizing its space efforts. Air Force Space Command was founded in 1982 at...

  • Colorado Springs astronaut sees bright future for manned space flight

    Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Col. Jim Dutton has a simple message for Air Force Academy cadets who ask him about his time as an astronaut. "Everything is better in space," the academy engineering professor who once piloted a space shuttle tells them. America's manned spaceflight programs have been on hiatus...

  • Cyberspace gains prominence in Colorado Springs, at Space Symposium

    Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Cyberspace is taking on a bigger role at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, and the computer warriors are getting better facilities to fight their online battles. In the basement of a building at Peterson Air Force Base, the 561st Network Operations Squadron got a new...

  • Aging weather satellites provide window into Springs space work

    Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Most of the work of Air Force Space Command remains shrouded in secrecy. Communications, intelligence gathering, and even the wildly popular Global Positioning System exist in a classified world in Colorado Springs, out of public view by impressive security. But one system controlled...

  • Space industry packs economic punch in Colorado

    Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    One trade show that begins Monday will punch $30 million into the Pikes Peak region economy. That's for hotels, meals, rental cars, drinks and tourism associated with the 30th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor. And that is like change between couch cushions when measured against the...

  • Amid budget uncertainty, airmen in Colorado Springs prepare to fight fires

    Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Four-engine C-130s will fly low over the mountains south of Pikes Peak for the next week as airmen with a Peterson Air Force Base wing prepare for another summer of fighting wildfires. The 302nd Airlift Wing will have two aircraft and several crews ready to battle flames on short...

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