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In this European Space Agency illustration, a satellite breaks up, adding to the growing population of orbital debris. Debris-clearing spacecraft the U.S., China and others have in the works could easily double as anti-satellite weapons. Credit: ESA
“We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force. Separate but equal. It is going to be something,” President Donald Trump said during a June 18 meeting of the National Space Council. “I’m hereby directing the department of Defense and the Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement.” Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
SPD-2 signing ceremony
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at U.S. Northern Command headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Credit: DoD
ESA was planning the most ambitious debris removal demonstration: capturing its 8,000-kilogram Envisat environmental-monitoring satellite in 2023 and performing a controlled atmospheric reentry. Now, ESA is exploring synergies between on-orbit servicing and debris removal spacecraft. Credit: ESA
NASA Administrator Jim
Bridenstine watches the May 5 launch of NASA’s InSight spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
DARPA Director Steven Walker. Credit: U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael Pausic
During an ‘industry day’ held May 8 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine asks commercial companies to help get the agency back to the moon as quickly as possible. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light. Curiosity was delivered in 2012 to Gale crater, a 155-kilometer-wide crater that contains a record of environmental changes in its sedimentary rock. Credit: NASA JPL-CALTECH
The value of smallsats will be fully realized when the disorganized flock is transformed into a carefully orchestrated
constellation. Credit: NASA illustration
Vice President Mike Pence delivers keynote at 34th Space Symposium. Credit: Tom Kimmell for SpaceNews.
Making systems overly expensive by overemphasizing survivability counters the ability to produce systems in an affordable way so as to make them resilient. Credit: BAE Systems
U.S. Air Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond.
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy
rocket lifts off Feb. 6 on its maiden launch carrying a Tesla Roadster on a Mars-bound trajectory. Credit: SpaceX
Orbital ATK launches its Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport co-located with NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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