Military Space - Spacecraft, Weapons and Tech

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Missile Defense Agency Progressing on Redesigned Kill Vehicle
Vice Adm. James D. Syring
August 20th, 2015
The Missile Defense Agency hopes to draft a preliminary design for a new kill vehicle by the end of the year.
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US Air Force Launches New GPS Satellite
US Air Force Launches GPS Satellite, July 15, 2015
July 16th, 2015
The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the 10th satellite in its current-generation series of positioning, navigation and timing satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket July 15.
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US Military's Top-Secret X-37B Space Plane Mission Nears 3-Month Mark
 X-37B Space Plane Concept Illustration
August 13th, 2015
The X-37B spacecraft launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20, kicking off a mission dubbed OTV-4 (short for Orbital Test Vehicle-4).
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US Air Force Launches Advanced Military Communications Satellite
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launches the new Wideband Global SATCOM 7 satellite into orbit for the U.S. military on July 23, 2015 during an evening launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
July 24th, 2015
The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the latest addition to a multisatellite military communications array. The launch also marked the first use of a new main engine meant to standardize Delta IV launch vehicle configurations.
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NASA Hands Over Historic Shuttle Landing Facility For Commercial Use
NASA Hands Over Shuttle Landing Facility
June 22nd, 2015
The runway in Florida where space shuttles touched down for nearly 30 years has a new commercial mission. NASA handed over its historic Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center to Space Florida to advance a new era of spaceflight.
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US Military Awards New Contracts for XS-1 Space Plane
Boeing Design of DARPA's XS-1 Space Plane
August 7th, 2015
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems new contracts to continue their work under "Phase 1B" of the XS-1 space plane program.
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US Military Satellite Explosion Caused by Battery-Charger Problem
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Satellite
July 21st, 2015
The U.S. Air Force's DMSP-F13 satellite blew apart on Feb. 3, spawning a new cloud of space junk. Early indications pointed to a problem with the satellite's power system, and those suspicions have now been borne out by the full investigation.
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New Spaceship Antenna Prevents Radio Silence During Fiery Re-Entry
 Superhot Plasma Around a Spacecraft
June 16th, 2015
A new kind of spaceship antenna may help future astronauts stay in contact with ground control despite the fiery sheaths of superhot plasma around their spacecraft during re-entry, researchers say.
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