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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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Photos: Atlas 5 Rocket Launches Military GPS 2F8 Satellite
Atlas V in flight
October 29th, 2014
An Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday to loft a military GPS satellite into space.
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Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane's Landing in Photos
The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B unmanned space plane is serviced by a ground crew after successfully landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Oct. 17, 2014. The landing wrapped up a record-breaking 674-day spaceflight for the winged min
October 17th, 2014
The U.S. Air Force landed its mysterious X-37B space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Oct. 17, 2014. See photos of the X-37B spacecraft's landing here.
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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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X-37B Military Space Plane Lands After Record-Shattering Secret Mission
A U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane swoops down for a landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Oct. 17, 2014 after spending 22 months in space on a secret mission.
October 17th, 2014
The X-37B touched down at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday (Oct. 17), ending a space mission that kicked off in December 2012 and saw the unmanned vehicle circle Earth for an unprecedented 675 days.
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Mysterious Satellite Launched from Florida by Atlas 5 Rocket
A rocket launch from Florida
September 17th, 2014
Rocketing through gloomy skies with a payload clouded in a veil of secrecy, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket fired away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday to deploy a satellite thousands of miles above Earth.
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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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Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Could Land in California Tuesday
Technicians work on the the first X-37B space plane after a smooth landing on Dec.3, 2010 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The same X-37B spacecraft launched back into space on Dec. 11, 2012, and could land at Vandenberg on Tuesday (Oct. 14, 20
October 12th, 2014
The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane will return to Earth this week, possibly Tuesday (Oct. 14), after 22 months in orbit on a secret mission.
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