Military Space Spacecraft, Weapons and Tech
Military forces have a long association with spaceflight, with modern rockets evolving from missiles developed during World War II. Today's armed forces rely on space-based assets for reconnaissance, weather tracking, communication, navigation and more. The U.S. Air Force regularly launches GPS and missile-defense tracking satellites, and operates two classified X-37B robotic space planes. Learn more about military satellites, space weapon, the Space Force and more here.
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A software issue caused Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket to deploy a satellite into the wrong orbit on its four-ever launch this past December, company representatives said.
The U.S. Department of Defense has reached out to SpaceX to inquire about using Starship on its own, flying the massive rocket as a government-operated military vehicle.
Iran launched three satellites simultaneously amid regional conflicts that involve what Western governments say are Iranian-backed militia groups.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said that, while China and Russia want to make space a 'warfighting domain,' the U.S. is committed to deterrence only.
SpaceX smashed its own record last year, launching 96 missions to orbit. But 2024 will be even busier, if things go according to plan.
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launched the U.S. Space Force's X-37B space plane to orbit tonight (Dec. 28), kicking off the robotic vehicle's seventh mission.
The U.S. Space Force's mysterious X-37B space plane is poised to launch Dec. 28 atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, and you can likely watch it live when the time comes.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched two radar reconnaissance satellites for the German military on Sunday morning (Dec. 24).
Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket suffered an upper-stage problem during its fourth-ever flight on Friday (Dec. 22), delivering its payload to the wrong orbit.
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