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.
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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.
Lockheed Martin’s full-sized, functional GPS 3 satellite prototype. Credit: Lockheed Martin
Gen. John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee Sept. 20. Credit: SASC.
Applied Minds, Inc. created a vision of how to achieve optimal SSA through the “ JSpOC of the Future” demonstration at their Glendale, California, facility. The company designed and built a fullscale, multi-faceted command center mockup that demonstrated advanced tools and techniques for distributed collaboration, data fusion, visualization, and adaptive planning. Credit: U.S. Air Force Research Lab
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.
The third SBIRS satellite, the next satellite scheduled to join the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS), pictured above in final assembly and test at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California. Credit: Lockheed Martin.
Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command
Betty Sapp, the director of the National Reconnaissance Office, said her agency had purchased launches from rocket maker SpaceX. Credit: David Aleman
Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for operations, talks with Mike Gruss of SpaceNews. | Credit: Michael Moser.
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Meteosat-7 Indian Ocean imagery
U.S. Air Force Wideband Global Satcom communications satellite. Credit: Boeing artist's concept

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