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US Air Force Launches 3 'Space Neighborhood Watch' Satellites
Air Force Launches AFSPC4 Mission
July 28th, 2014
The three spacecraft — two of which are fully operational and one of which is an experimental satellite — blasted off today (July 28) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, riding atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket.
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Experimental Space Plane Designs Wanted by US Military
DARPA's Experimental Space Plane Deploying a Satellite
July 15th, 2014
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded initial design contracts for its Experimental Spaceplane project, known as XS-1, to three different companies: Boeing, Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman.
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US Navy Launches SM-3 Missile from Land in Big Test (Photo)
Aegis Ashore Weapons System
May 22nd, 2014
The U.S. Navy successfully launched a Standard Missile-3 — traditionally a ship-based, anti-ballistic missile — from an onshore launch site for the first time, military officials announced today (May 21).
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Military Satellites Likely Saw Missile Strike on Malaysian Airlines Flight
An artist's image of a GEO satellite
July 18th, 2014
When a missile struck Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, it's likely that heat from the explosion was detected from space by a sophisticated network of military satellites.
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Russian Rocket Engine Ban on US Military Launches Could Affect NASA Spaceflight
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket launches the classified spy satellite NROL-67 into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office on April 10, 2014 in a mission that lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Flor
May 14th, 2014
The call by one Russian official to ban Russian rocket engine use on U.S. military launches and to pull out of the International Space Station project by 2020, could have far-reaching repercussions for U.S. spaceflight if realized.
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US Too Dependent on Russian Rocket Engines, Experts Tell Lawmakers
The Russian RD-180 rocket engines seen here are used to launch expendable Atlas 5 rockets operated by the U.S. launch provider United Launch Alliance.
July 17th, 2014
Experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday that key American national-security space missions could be delayed by four to six years if Russia decides to cut off its supply of RD-180 rocket engines.
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Lockheed Martin Lands $914 Million Space Fence Contract
Artist's Illustration of the Space Fence
June 5th, 2014
Lockheed Martin will build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation space surveillance system.
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Atlas 5 Rocket Launches Clandestine US Spy Satellite
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the NROL-33 satellite launches into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 22, 2014. The mission will deliver a classified payload into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Offi
May 22nd, 2014
An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket will launch a classified spy satellite payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office at 9:05 a.m. EDT (1405 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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