The X-37B space plane is being used to flight-validate the best ways to gather the sun's energy for power beaming from Earth orbit.
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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Some more work will be required to get the U.S. Air Force's new ARRW hypersonic missile up to speed.
Security experts say that when it comes to threats in space, Russia is raising more concerns than China.
The U.S. Space Force has a serious role to play in the modern world. Its stated mission is to train and equip personnel to defend U.S. interests in space.
The Space Force launched its first small rocket of 2021 this month in an experiment that dumped water vapor into Earth's ionosphere.
The space ambitions of Russia and China will likely stay front and center for the U.S. military during the administration of President Joe Biden.
At some point in the next few weeks, the U.S. plans to fire an extreme, hypersonic weapon. The question remains: What's the point?
China successfully sent three reconnaissance satellites into orbit Tuesday (Feb. 23), according to media reports.
One lucky winner will be walking away with a commemorative U.S. Space Force silver coin, courtesy of the Space Store!
China added to its space reconnaissance capabilities with the launch of a trio of satellites from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center last week.
Arianespace launched a new reconnaissance satellite for the French military on Tuesday (Dec. 29), marking the launch provider's final mission of 2020.
SpaceX launched a clandestine U.S. spy satellite into space for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Thursday (Dec. 17), marking its 26th rocket of the year.
Col. Michael Hopkins, who has served for 27 years in the Air Force, voluntarily transferred to the Space Force while aboard the International Space Station on Dec. 18, 2020.
SpaceX is set to launch a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on Thursday (Dec. 17), during a three-hour launch window that opens at 9:45 a.m. EST (1400 GMT).
Russia has launched a new anti-satellite missile test, its latest push to weaponize space, U.S. Space Command officials said Wednesday (Dec. 16).
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base in Florida have been formally re-designated for the U.S. Space Force, though in name only.