Military Space - Spacecraft, Weapons and Tech

From spy satellites and missile defense to robot space planes and orbital platforms, get the latest news and views on military space technology.
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SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Certified for Military Launches
SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket
May 27th, 2015
The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch military satellites, completing a nearly two-year process and establishing a competitor to United Launch Alliance in the national security marketplace.
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Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Launching Secret Mission Today: Watch Live
The U.S. Air Force's fourth X-37 space plane mystery mission will launch into space atop an Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It is the fourth secret mission for the classified military space plane program.
May 20th, 2015
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to blast off today (May 20) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a four-hour window that opens at 10:45 a.m. EDT. You can watch it live beginning at 10:45 a.m. EDT.
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What Will the X-37B Military Space Plane Do on Its Next Mystery Mission?
Third Mission X-37B Space Plane
May 19th, 2015
The United States Air Force's X-37B robotic space plane is scheduled to launch on its fourth mission this Wednesday (May 20). Just what it will be doing, and for how long, is a mystery.
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House Bill Would Revive Dormant Missile Defense Kill Vehicle Project
Navy Vice Admiral James Syring
May 27th, 2015
The House Armed Services Committee wants to quickly resurrect a shelved U.S. Missile Defense Agency concept to place several miniaturized kill vehicles atop a single interceptor to address a key weakness in the current U.S. missile shield.
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US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission
AFSPC-5 Launch on May 20, 2015 #3
May 20th, 2015
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster also carried the Planetary Society's tiny LightSail to orbit.
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Air Force's Robotic X-37B Space Plane Launches Mystery Mission This Week
ULA Photo of X-37B Space Place Payload
May 17th, 2015
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to launch Wednesday (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, kicking off the vehicle's fourth mission.
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Pentagon Says 2013 Chinese Launch May Have Tested Antisatellite Technology
General John Hyten
May 19th, 2015
The U.S. Defense Department is suggesting that the May 2013 launch of a Chinese rocket that it branded at the time as suspicious was a test of a technology designed to counter or destroy satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
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NASA Experiment Hitches Ride on US Air Force's X-37B Space Plane
X-37B Space Plane Encapsulated
May 18th, 2015
The NASA payload aims to test how the space environment affects certain materials. The experiment is flying aboard the U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B spacecraft, which is scheduled to blast off Wednesday from Cape Canaveral.
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