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 2011 to FY 2015 (fiscal years starting October 1).

Below, you find DoD budget data for 16 space programs, including satellites and launch vehicles.

For each program, you can access information about total DoD spending on that program in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015 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 # 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) 2014 (October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014), the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program is the DoD space program that received the most funding with direct total spending of $1.39 billion - followed by the Global Positioning System (GPS) with $1.21 billion. In FY 2014, the U.S. Air Force will purchase 5 Launch Vehicles and 2 GPS satellites.

Other top space-related programs include the Advanced EHF (AEHF) satellite system, and 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 FY2013-FY2014:

-4.64%

Space Purchases FY 2014 Space Purchases FY 2013 FY 2015 Excl. OCO
$3,147 million $3,300 million $3,178 million

DoD Space Programs | Total Spending & Sequestration

FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015

ACTUAL ACTUAL ACTUAL PRELIM.* REQUEST**

Million U.S. Dollars

*PRELIM. = Preliminary FY2014 spending**REQUEST = Requested by the DoD in 2014 excl. OCO

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

Total Spending # of Satellites/Launch Vehicles Bought

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

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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USAF
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NAVY
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881.4
1,487.4
641.9
143.9
54.4
138.1
112.5
86.4
85.7
894.5
77.2
634.2
14.8
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1,543.4
996.2
709.3
178.2
180.4
103.1
134.2
100.0
78.4
475.4
86.9
804.9
13.3
21.6
43.0

1,463.9
1,236.0
918.9
688.2
204.1
35.7
77.2
105.9
88.6
75.1
162.6
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1,209.4
872.4
594.0
294.6
150.4
104.6
103.1
80.5
55.5
52.8
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1,381.0
1,015.6
796.5
613.3
214.1
77.9
103.6
83.2
87.0
75.4
221.0
25.1
70.4
14.0
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DoD | # of Satellites/Launch Vehicles Purchased

FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014(p) FY2015(e)

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

Total Spending # of Satellites/Launch Vehicles Bought

Note: Click on a program to view full profile

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

Space Program
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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

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ADIR

EELV | FY14: $1.39 billion

GPS | FY14: $1.21 billion

SBIRS | FY14: $0.87 billion

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