F9 LC-39A launch
NASA artist's concept of SLS.
Falcon on LC-39A
Juno Jupiter NASA
Technical problems could delay the beginning of regular flights by SpaceX's Crew Dragon (left) and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner until at least late 2018. Credit: SpaceX artist's concept and Boeing
AIM ESA Cubesats Asteroids
Artist's concept of SatRevolution's planned 3U cubesat. Credit: SatRevolution.
When NASA announced the completion of the Space Launch System's critical design review Oct. 22, it also released an updated illustration of the rocket, with the core stage now orange instead of white. NASA said in a press release that orange is "the natural color of the insulation that will cover those elements," as was the case with the shuttle's external tank. Not explained in the release, those, are the curved gray and orange stripes on the solid rocket boosters. Some think they are intended to evoke memories of the shuttle itself or the logo of original shuttle contractor Rockwell International — or, perhaps, computer game company Atari. Credit: NASA
The U.S. Air Force's X-37B spaceplane landed Oct. 17, 2014 at  Vandenberg Air Force Base, California following 674 days in orbit. Credit: Boeing
The U.S. Defense Department uses commercial satellite communications to keep in touch with UAV, such as the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft show here. Credit: Wikicommons
Europa lander
The U.S. Air Force intends to use an Orbital ATK satellite platform for the STPSat-6 mission. Shown above is an artist's concept of the GEOStar-1 platform Orbital ATK offers for national security missions in geostationary orbit. Credit: Orbital ATK
RSGS GEO Robotic Servicing Vehicle (RSV) Credit: DARPA/SSL
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier, U.S. Strategic Command  director of plans and policy, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at USSTRATCOM headquarters on Feb. 7 to share space situational awareness (SSA) services and information with the Belgium Federal Science Policy Office.  Credit: USSTRATCOM
The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor launches from the USS John Paul Jones during a successful launch test Feb. 4 EST. Credit: Raytheon

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