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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Wow! 8 Rocket Missions Launched in 6 Days Last Week
A Soyuz rocket launches toward the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 27, 2015, carrying NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka. Kelly and Kornienko will stay aboard
March 31st, 2015
Countries including the United States, Russia, Japan and India combined to launch eight space missions in a five-day span last week, beginning just a few days after winter relinquished its grip on the land with the spring equinox on March 20.
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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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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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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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