Astronaut Thomas D. Jones, mission specialist, works near the International Space Station during STS-98 in this 2001 file photo. NASA hopes a competition will help it improve waste disposal systems in spacesuits, either for long spacewalks or emergencies. Credit: NASA
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
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. Credit: Tom Kimmell
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Gen. John "Jay" Raymond speaks with airmen following a change-of-command ceremony for Air Force Space Command Oct. 25 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond was previously the Air Force's Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. Credit: A1C Dennis Hoffman/U.S. Air Force
The heads of U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command were among the military leaders who visited the recently established Joint Interagency Combined Space Operatioins Center at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado in January. Credit:  Air Force/Christopher DeWitt
David Hardy, U.S. Air Force associate deputy under secretary for space, speaking Oct. 20 at the Hosted Payload Summit in Washington. Photo: U.S. Air Force
A rendering of a DMSP Block 5D weather satellite. Credit: USAF/SpaceNews
U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Credit: USAF
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Orbital ATK's family of small satellite buses includes that A500 that 's being used for the STPSat-6 spacecraft. Credit: Orbital ATK
General John Hyten, Air Force Space Command Commander, briefs visiting personnel about the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operatioins Center during a visit to Schriever Air Force Base earlier this year. Credit: U.S. Air Force.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $886 million contract in 2010 to develop the next-generation GPS ground system, or GPS OXC. Credit: Raytheon graphic
Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force program executive officer for Space and SMC commander, and Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO, sign a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement or CRADA for the certification of ULA’s Vulcan Launch System at a ceremony, Sept. 27. Credit: ULA
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.
Lockheed Martin’s full-sized, functional GPS 3 satellite prototype. Credit: Lockheed Martin

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