Military Space - Spacecraft, Weapons and Tech

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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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Drones and Planes Will Live-Track NASA's Orion Capsule Launch
NASA Ikhana Drone
December 2nd, 2014
When NASA rockets its Orion spaceship high above the Earth's atmosphere on Thursday, the space-bound aircraft won't be alone.
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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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Missile Warning Satellites to Be Early Subject of USAF Reform Initiative
An artist's illustration of a the U.S. military's  Space Based Infrared System missile defense satellite in orbit.
January 20th, 2015
SBIRS will be among the first programs subjected to an acquisition reform initiative that will help find favorable trade-offs between cost and capability.
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Is Russian Mystery Object a Space Weapon?
2007 Chinese Anti-Satellite Test Debris
November 19th, 2014
Some space analysts wonder if "Object 2014-28E" could be part of an anti-satellite program — perhaps a revived version of the Cold War-era "Istrebitel Sputnikov" ("satellite killer") project.d
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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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US Air Force Launches Military GPS Satellite on 50th Atlas 5 Rocket
Atlas 5 GPS 2F-8 takes off from launch pad
October 29th, 2014
The U.S. Air Force launched a 19-story rocket from the coast of Florida today to carry a next-generation GPS satellite into space.
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