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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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US Air Force Seeks New Space Situational Awareness Data to Track Threats
AGI Orbit Modeling
November 20th, 2015
The service is looking for new data from commercial providers to better map satellite movements and help detect threats to U.S. military satellites.
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US Navy Missile Test Sparks Surprise … and an Awesome Sky View (Video)
Trident Missile Test by Tinsley Image
November 13th, 2015
An amateur photographer thought the world was ending when she caught pictures of a Trident missile in action near Los Angeles. See the photos and video here.
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US Air Force Launches 11th GPS 2F Satellite
11th GPS 2F Satellite Launch
November 2nd, 2015
Service officials said the last satellite in the GPS 2F series is expected to launch Feb. 3, 2016.
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SM-3 Interceptor Misses Mark in Complex Test
SM-3 Block 1B Launch
November 17th, 2015
The test called for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems to take on two ballistic missile targets while Aegis simultaneously conducted an anti-air warfare operation.
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Strategic Command Issues Statement on Trident Missile Test that Freaked Out the West Coast
Trident Missile Test by Tinsley
November 11th, 2015
With images like these, it's no wonder California — not to mention the Twittersphere — freaked out Saturday evening when an unannounced test of a submarine-launched Trident missile lit up the evening sky.
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Declassified: The NRO's Abandoned Plans for a Manned Spy Space Station
NRO Declassified Image of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory Program
October 27th, 2015
The National Reconnaissance Office released Oct. 22 a trove of declassified records —including this video — from the 1960s about a military human spaceflight program.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – Nov. 14, 2015
Trident Missile Test by Tinsley
November 15th, 2015
Pulsars, dwarf planets and alien worlds break records, a strange space object falls from the sky and Pluto's moons get weird — this is's top stories of the week.
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Rail-Launched Super Strypi Rocket Packed with Cubesats Fails in Debut
Super Strypi Rocket Before Failure
November 4th, 2015
The first flight of an experimental launch system for small satellites ended in failure Nov. 3. The U.S. Air Force’s rail-launched Super Strypi rocket, packed with more than a dozen small satellites, roared toward the sky but failed less than a minute int
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