United Launch Alliance scrubbed the launch of an Atlas V rocket today (May 17) due to an issue with the rocket's liquid oxygen system.
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 National Space Council will continue in a new form under the Biden White House with Vice President Kamala Harris at the helm.
A new U.S. spy satellite launched into space Monday afternoon (April 26) on the mightiest rocket built by the United Launch Alliance.
Space-based solar power won't be just a sci-fi dream forever, if things go according to the U.S. Air Force's plans.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked three big space companies for the first phase of a larger project to test nuclear propulsion above low Earth orbit by 2025.
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.
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.