Launches are rare these days.
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 United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took to the skies Thursday afternoon (March 26), delivering a highly advanced communications satellite to orbit for the U.S. Space Force.
Space Force vice commander Lt. Gen. David Thompson urges Americans to better understand the need to be prepared for military actions in space.
The sixth and final Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite, AEHF-6, will launch Thursday afternoon (March 26), and you can watch the liftoff live.
China successfully launched three new military surveillance satellites into orbit on a Long March 2C rocket today (March 24).
A Soyuz rocket launched a new navigation satellite into orbit for Russia's military forces on Monday (March 16) in a dazzling nighttime liftoff from a snowy launchpad.
Congress gave the lone employee of the United States Space Force quite a grilling this week, but the public still doesn't know much about the new military branch's activities.
Spaceflight startup Astra scrubbed a planned orbital launch attempt of its Rocket 3.0 on Monday (March 2), meaning the company will not win the $12 million DARPA Launch Challenge.
SpaceX is planning a huge boost to the number of rocket launches from its Florida launch sites in the next few years and build a mobile service tower for rockets.
Stealthy startup Astra hoped to win $2 million with its first-ever orbital launch today (Feb. 29), but Mother Nature prevented the DARPA Launch Challenge liftoff.
SpaceX's billionaire founder and CEO said he's onboard with the sixth branch of the U.S. military, which President Donald Trump officially established in December 2019.
The stealthy startup Astra aims to win $2 million with its first-ever orbital launch Monday (March 2), and you can watch the liftoff live.
The first part of a California spaceflight company's quest to win the $12 million DARPA Launch Challenge is now scheduled for Saturday (Feb. 29), after a four-day delay.
Aerojet Rocketdyne will develop "enabling technologies" for DARPA's Glide Breaker program under a newly announced contract, which is worth up to $19.6 million.
California-based rocketmaker Astra is scheduled to attempt its first orbital mission Tuesday (Feb. 25), as part of the $12 million DARPA Launch Challenge.
A United States satellite that's used to spy on other countries is being trailed by two Russian satellites, according to the commander of the U.S. Space Force.
The Space Force has been officially established, but it's still unclear exactly what the organization will do.
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