An unmanned SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is released back into space by a robotic arm on the International Space Station on Aug. 26. The Dragon will return  1,360 kilograms of science gear to Earth. Credit: NASA TV
U.S. Air Force Wideband Global Satcom communications satellite. Credit: Boeing artist's concept
An Ariane 5 rocket carrying the Boeing-built Intelsat-33 and SSL-built Intelsat-36 satellites lift off Aug. 24. Credit: Arianespace
brane craft
Amos-6
China Mars rover
World View HQ
STEREO spacecraft
SSL has won a $20 million contract from DARPA to build two robotic arms that could  help repair or inspect damaged satellites. Credit: SSL.
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
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio speaking with attendees at the 2015 Iowa Growth & Opportunity Party at the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Credit: Gage Skidmore
Sea Launch platform carrying the Zenit-3SL rocket. Credit: Sea Launch
Aerojet Rocketdyne's RS-25 engine fires for 420 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space Center. Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne
In preparation for the Aug. 19 launch, the Mobile Service Tower is rolled back from a Delta 4 rocket carrying the AFSPC-6 mission. Credit: ULA.
GSSAP
In many remote areas where Soldiers operate, their over-the-horizon radio communication from the field to higher headquarters like the brigade is nonexistent. Army scientists and researchers built the SMDC-ONE nanosatellite as an innovative technology solution. The ONE stands for Orbital Nanosatellite Effect. (U.S. Army illustration by David McNally)

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