Arianespace launched a new reconnaissance satellite for the French military on Tuesday (Dec. 29), marking the launch provider's final mission of 2020.
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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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.
President Donald Trump released a new national space policy Wednesday (Dec. 9), laying out the fundamental principles of, and chief priorities for, the United States' space activities going forward.
A new U.S. spy satellite will launch into space Thursday (Dec. 10) on the mightiest rocket built by the United Launch Alliance: the massive Delta IV Heavy. Watch it live.
Earth observation data will flow more quickly using laser technology instead of radio, according to JAXA
United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully sent an Atlas V rocket into space today (Nov. 13), following a series of delays due to hardware issues and poor weather conditions at the launch site.
United Launch Alliance is delaying the launch of an Atlas V mission 24 hours due to inclement weather from Hurricane Eta.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit up the evening sky above Florida tonight (Nov. 5) to carry an advanced new GPS satellite to orbit for the U.S. Space Force.
The United Launch Alliance will launch a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on Nov. 4, 2020. Here's how to watch.
If all goes according to plan, the U.S. Space Force will soon have its first service member in orbit.
If you're looking for more space in your life, look no farther: The stars have aligned to bring your four separate space events today (Oct. 21).
Eight military satellites will be deployed for a new missile-warning system under construction from the Department of Defense's Space Development Agency (SDA).
SpaceX aborted the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket that was scheduled to deliver an upgraded global positioning satellite (GPS) into orbit for the U.S. Space Force on Friday (Oct. 2).
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch an upgraded global positioning satellite (GPS) into orbit for the U.S. Space Force today (Sept. 30) and you can watch it live online.