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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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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Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Spotted by Amateur Astronomers
Messier 44 Skywatcher View
May 29th, 2015
Details about the X-37B spacecraft's current mission — known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4, or OTV-4 — are classified, but the satellite trackers' new observations are shedding some light on the vehicle's
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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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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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U.S.-Japan Missile Interceptor Makes its First Flight
Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block 2A Interceptor
June 8th, 2015
A new missile interceptor co-developed by the United States and Japan made its maiden flight June 6 in a non-intercept test.
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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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