A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6  on Feb. 10 at 3:40 a.m. PST.  Credit: ULA.
RD-180
United Launch Alliance successfully launched Feb. 5  an Atlas 5 rocket carrying the GPS 2F-12 satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Credit: ULA.
SD spoke at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
SASC on military's space launch capabilities
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 27. Testifying with James was Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash
GPS 2F-9 launch
Falcon 9 in SpaceX's Cape Canaveral hangar in advance of the Orbcomm OG2 Mission 1. Credit: SpaceX
Blue Canyon Technologies' 6-unit XB1 cubesat bus.
The U.S. Air Force said Jan. 20 a Russian rocket body from a Dec. 13, 2015 launch, pictured above,  may have broken up and created at least 10 pieces of debris. | Credit: Roscosmos.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) will hold a hearing Jan. 27 on Russian rocket engines. McCain has been a vocal critic of the Air Force's reliance on the RD-180 engine. Credit: Roll Call video capture
GMD test
U.S. Navy Vice Adm. James Syring, the head of the Missile Defense Agency, said Jan. 19 that a new kill vehicle will fly in 2018 and face an intercept test in 2019. Credit: CSIS
Orbital ATK Bacchus facility
The first satellite, pictured above, in the U.S. Air Force's GPS 3 program recently passed its thermal vacuum test. Credit: Lockheed Martin.
Jim Bridenstine

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