A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket took to the skies during an early evening launch today (March 15), lofting a military satellite to become the 10th piece of a communications constellation.
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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The U.S. Air Force will launch the new WGS-10 military communications today (March 15). Watch it live.
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The much-delayed launch of the new U.S. spy satellite NROL-71 has been postponed again due to an issue with its rocket, but it's unclear when exactly the mission may fly.
In his first national security meeting as acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan said DoD should stay focused on the national defense strategy and the strategic competition with China.
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