Military Space - Spacecraft, Weapons and Tech

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20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Apparently Exploded in Orbit
Defense Meteorological Satellite System (DMSP) Spacecraft
March 2nd, 2015
A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
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US Air Force Launches Advanced GPS Satellite into Orbit
The U.S. Air Force's GPS IIF-9 satellite blasts off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket on March 25, 2014.
March 25th, 2015
The GPS IIF-9 satellite blasted off atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Wednesday (March 25) at 2:36 p.m. EDT (1836 GMT).
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ESA: U.S. Silence on Satellite Explosion No Cause for Alarm
DMSP-F13 Satellite Illustration
March 6th, 2015
European governments have received no word from the U.S. Air Force in the month since the Feb. 3 debris-producing explosion aboard a military weather satellite in a heavily trafficked orbit but said they hadn’t expected any.
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DARPA to Begin Testing Satellite-Launching Fighter Jet This Year
Artist's concept of DARPA's Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) system, which envisions using an F-15 fighter jet to air-launch small satellites for less than $1 million each.
February 10th, 2015
DARPA aims to begin the flight-test phase of its Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program, or ALASA, with a demonstration run in late 2015. If all goes according to plan, a series of 12 orbital flights would then commence in early 2016.
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NASA's Ape-like RoboSimian Set for DARPA Robot Challenge
NASA's ape-like RoboSimian (left) and new Surrogate robot were developed by engineers at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. RoboSimian will compete in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge in June.
December 24th, 2014
A NASA team is putting the finishing tweaks on its amazing, and somewhat creepy, climbing robot RoboSimian, a four-limbed automaton built to compete in a U.S. military robotics challenge in 2015.
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Power System Failure Eyed in US Military Satellite Explosion
Artist's concept of a Defense Meteorological Satellite System (DMSP) military weather spacecraft.
March 3rd, 2015
While investigators continue to study the dramatic Feb. 3 death of the DMSP-F13 satellite, signs currently point to failure of the power system aboard the spacecraft, which launched in 1995.
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