Orbital ATK's family of small satellite buses includes that A500 High End Modular Bus selected by DARPA for its Phoenix satellite-servicing mission. Credit: Orbital ATK
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U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) questioned whether the Air Force can capably run space programs after trouble with its weather satellite program. Credit: House Armed Services Committee
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Orbital Antares RD-181 test firing
A Long March 4C rocket carrying a Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging satellite lifts off from China's Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Credit: Xinhua/Zhang Hongwei
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The Super Strypi launch vehicle at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. Credit: U.S. Air Force
A Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifts off June 11 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Screen grab: United Launch Alliance.)
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An Air Force official said seven to 10 missions to be awarded competitively would include a number of GPS 3 satellite launches, which appear well suited to the capabilities of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (left). Meanwhile, a National Reconnaissance Office mission dubbed NROL-79 will launch atop ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: An Air Force official said seven to 10 missions to be awarded competitively would include a number of GPS 3 satellite launches, which appear well suited to the capabilities of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (left). Meanwhile, a National Reconnaissance Office mission dubbed NROL-79 will launch atop ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: SpaceX/ULA
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The Angara 1.2 launch vehicle being lifted during pad verticalization at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in 2014. Credit: International Launch Services
Launch of Iridium's second-generation constellation will start on Sept. 19 aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets, a week later than planned, with the second launch automatically pushed to late December. Credit: Iridium
An Atlas 5 rocket from United Launch Alliance lifts off July 28 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Credit: ULA

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