SBIRS GEO Flight 3, the next satellite scheduled to join the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS), in final assembly and test at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California. Credit: Lockheed Martin
The Air Force's Wideband Global Satcom satellite 8 launches aboard a ULA Delta 4 rocket Dec. 7. Credit: ULA
Artist's rendering of a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite. The National Reconnaissance Office developed the program in the 1960's and handed it off to the Air Force. Now the House has passed a bill that will send authority for acquiring weather satellites back to the NRO. Credit: Lockheed-Martin
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A damaged strongback can be seen in this Sept. 7 photo of Cape Canaveral's SLC-40, the site of SpaceX's Sept. 1 pre-flight Falcon 9 failure. Credit: SpaceNews/Jeff Foust
Falcon 9 moments after lifting off from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad. Credit: Craig Vander Galien for SpaceNews
Lt. Col. Scott Putnam, 18th Space Control Squadron commander, addresses members in attendance during an assumption of command ceremony, July 22, 2016, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Putnam assumed command of the 18th SPCS, the newest space surveillance unit that will fall under the 21st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Robert J. Volio)
Doug Loverro, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, speaks Sept. 21 at the AMOS conference. Credit: AMOS conference.
The first satellite, pictured above, in the U.S. Air Force's GPS 3 program recently passed its thermal vacuum test. Credit: Lockheed Martin.
Lt Gen Samuel Greaves, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, officiates and activates the Lauch Enterprise at a ceremony in Gordon Conference Center, 14 Oct, 2015. Mrs. Leon stood up as the new director of the Launch  Enterprise directorate, presenting a display of the new shield that  sympolizes  goal, strength, and through boldness to the stars.
A damaged strongback can be seen in this Sept. 7 photo of Cape Canaveral's SLC-40, the site of SpaceX's Sept. 1 pre-flight Falcon 9 failure. Credit: SpaceNews/Jeff Foust
Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command
A SpaceX Falcon 9 poised for the March 2017 launch of SES-9 from Cape Canaveral's SLC-40 launch pad. Credit: SpaceX