U.S. Defense Space Programs

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Welcome to the U.S. Defense Space Programs section on AeroWeb. This section covers DoD Spending on major space-related systems from FY 2012 to FY 2016 (fiscal years starting October 1).

Below, you find DoD budget data for 17 space programs, including satellites and launch vehicles.

For each program, you can access information about total DoD spending on that program in FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014, FY 2015 and FY 2016 as well as the number of satellites and launch vehicles purchased.

Our data tells you exactly how much was spent on each program, e.g. total spending on the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) and number of GPS satellites / EELV launch vehicles purchased etc. By clicking on a program below, you access that system's profile - giving you access to general information about the program (specs, fact sheets, mission/role etc.) and DoD budget data downloads for each program (so you can see the official spending documentation to verify the accuracy of our data and access even more info).

Note that our data may not in all instances match the numbers in the official DoD Major Acquisition Program Data Book, mainly due to the fact that we also include spending on modifications (to provide a more accurate view of how much is spent on each system). Therefore, we are convinced that the data provided below is more extensive, more accurate and more detailed than what is published by the DoD.

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Major DoD Space Programs | Satellites, Launch Vehicles and Other Equipment

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015), the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program is the DoD space program that received the most funding with direct total spending of $1.64 billion, followed by the Global Positioning System (GPS) with $1.03 billion. In FY 2015, the U.S. Air Force will purchase four Launch Vehicles and one GPS III satellites.

Other top DoD space programs are the Advanced EHF (AEHF) satellite system, the Navy's Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), and the Space Fence.

In FY 2013, the DoD cancelled the Defense Weather Satellite System (DWSS), the DoD component of the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).

Note: Click on a program to view full profile

Change in Spending FY2014-FY2015:

+1.2%

Space Purchases FY 15 Space Purchases FY 14 Space Purchases FY 13
$3.37 billion $3.32 billion $3.47 billion

DoD Space Programs | Total Spending

Total Spending # of Satellites/Launch Vehicles Bought

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016

ACTUAL ACTUAL ACTUAL PRELIM.* REQUEST**

Million U.S. Dollars

Rank System/Program Name System Type User $M $M $M $M $M

*PRELIM. = Preliminary FY2015 spending**REQUEST = Requested by the DoD

EELV - Evolved Exp. Launch Veh.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
SBIRS - Space Based Infrared
Advanced EHF (AEHF)
MUOS - Mobile User Obj. System
Space Fence
Space Programs and Technology
Polar MILSATCOM
Defense Space Recon. Program
Defense Meteorological (DMSP)
Spacelift Range System Space
Satellite Control Network
Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS)
Nudet Detection System Space
Maui Space Surveillance (MSSS)
Spaceborne Equipment (Comsec)
DWSS-NPOESS

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Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program

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NAVY
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DARPA
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162.6
204.1
136.4
77.2
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88.6
105.9
75.1
47.2
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26.2
10.5
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1,386.8
1,188.6
875.6
589.9
51.8
0.0
127.9
101.4
145.4
80.5
102.7
54.4
45.7
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1,034.5
779.5
606.4
218.9
200.1
179.9
103.2
84.0
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940.8
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561.6
56.1
243.9
126.7
72.1
128.7
89.4
120.2
84.6
109.8
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DoD | Quantity of Satellites/Launch Vehicles Purchased

Total Spending # of Satellites/Launch Vehicles Bought

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015(p) FY2016(e)

Rank System/Program Name System Type User Quantity Quantity Quantity Quantity Quantity

Note: Click on a program to view full profile

EELV - Evolved Exp. Launch Veh.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
SBIRS - Space Based Infrared
Advanced EHF (AEHF)
Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS)
MUOS - Mobile User Obj. System
Space Fence
Space Programs and Technology
Polar MILSATCOM
Defense Space Recon. Program
Defense Meteorological (DMSP)
Spacelift Range System Space
Satellite Control Network
Nudet Detection System Space
Maui Space Surveillance (MSSS)
Spaceborne Equipment (Comsec)
DWSS-NPOESS

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Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
Space Program
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Space Program
Space Program
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Space Program
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Space Systems Forecast
Space Systems Forecast

EELV | FY15: $1.65 billion

GPS | FY15: $1.03 billion

SBIRS | FY15: $0.78 billion

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