Gen. John Raymond, Commander, Air Force Space Command testifies with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces (U.S. Air Force photo)
Raptor test
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 launches the Defense Meteorological Satellite System (DMSP)-F19 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on April 3, 2014. Credit: United Launch Alliance
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GPS 3 satellite. Credit: Lockheed Martin
Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, speaking April 15 at a breakfast at the 31st Space Symposium. Credit: Tom Kimmell
The House of Representatives debates the National Defense Authorization Act July 13, 2017, a day before the bill's passage, which includes a controversial proposal to set up a new military branch focused on space. Credit: CSPAN
An Atlas 5 rocket from United Launch Alliance successfully launches the fifth narrowband communications satellite in the U.S. Navy's Mobile User Objective System. Credit: ULA.
BE-4 engines
Galileo navigation satellite. Credit: ESA
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) shakes hands with Gen. Jay Raymond, head of Air Force Space Command, at the 2017 Space Symposium. Rogers and the Air Force have recently found themselves at odds over the congressman's "Space Corps" proposal. Credit: Tom Kimmell/SpaceNews
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama), above, said after a three-hour hearing he would prefer the Air Force re-engine the Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: C-SPAN.
Gen. John Hyten, leader of U.S. Strategic Command, speaks to reporters following a breakfast hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies June 20, 2017. Credit: Phillip Swarts/SpaceNews
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 ULA Atlas 5 rocket carrying the Air Force's SBIRS GEO-3 satellite sits on the pad ready for launch, but will have to wait at least another day after  the attempt was scrubbed. Credit: ULA
X-37B OTV-4 landing

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