Military Space - Spacecraft, Weapons and Tech

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X-37B Military Space Plane Lands After Record-Shattering Secret Mission
A U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane swoops down for a landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Oct. 17, 2014 after spending 22 months in space on a secret mission.
October 17th, 2014
The X-37B touched down at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday (Oct. 17), ending a space mission that kicked off in December 2012 and saw the unmanned vehicle circle Earth for an unprecedented 675 days.
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Mysterious Satellite Launched from Florida by Atlas 5 Rocket
A rocket launch from Florida
September 17th, 2014
Rocketing through gloomy skies with a payload clouded in a veil of secrecy, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket fired away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday to deploy a satellite thousands of miles above Earth.
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Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Could Land in California Tuesday
Technicians work on the the first X-37B space plane after a smooth landing on Dec.3, 2010 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The same X-37B spacecraft launched back into space on Dec. 11, 2012, and could land at Vandenberg on Tuesday (Oct. 14, 20
October 12th, 2014
The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane will return to Earth this week, possibly Tuesday (Oct. 14), after 22 months in orbit on a secret mission.
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DARPA Wants to Test Satellite Repair Droids in Orbit
DARPA's Proposed Phoenix Spacecraft
September 12th, 2014
The United States military's high-technology branch is hoping to test out on-orbit satellite servicing in orbit in the next five years.
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US Military Blows Up Hypersonic Weapon After Failed Test Launch
Photographer Scott Wight of Kodiak, Alaska, captured this photo of the explosions of the U.S. military's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon during a failed test launch from the Kodiak Launch Center on Aug. 25, 2014. The U.S. military is investigating the test fai
August 26th, 2014
The U.S. Army launched a prototype hypersonic weapon test from Alaska on Monday (Aug. 25), only to destroy the superfast vehicle seconds later when something went wrong.
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Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane's Landing in Photos
The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B unmanned space plane is serviced by a ground crew after successfully landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Oct. 17, 2014. The landing wrapped up a record-breaking 674-day spaceflight for the winged min
October 17th, 2014
The U.S. Air Force landed its mysterious X-37B space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Oct. 17, 2014. See photos of the X-37B spacecraft's landing here.
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Space Sleuths Piece Together Fiery Fall of Russian Spy Satellite Debris
Fireball from Suspected Russian Satellite
October 2nd, 2014
A global network of skywatching detectives has pieced together the strange story of a Russian military spy satellite that re-entered Earth's atmosphere earlier this month, sparking a spectacular sky show over five U.S. states.
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US Air Force's Secretive X-37B Space Plane Passes 600 Days in Orbit
X-37B Space Plane in Orbit
August 29th, 2014
The U.S. Air Force's mysterious unmanned space plane has winged beyond 600 days in orbit on a classified military mission that seems to have no end.
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