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An artist's concept of a rocket lifting off from  the U.K.'s planned spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland. Credit: video grab/ U.K. Space Agency via YouTube
U.S. commercial remote sensing regulations will be put to the test by new ventures, such as EarthNow, a Bill Gates-and-SoftBank-backed venture that aims to distribute live video of the Earth. Credit: NASA’s Epic camera aboard DSCOVR Satellite
U.S. President Donald Trump holds the signed copy of Space Policy Directive 2 in the Oval Office May 24 along with Vice President Mike Pence, National Space Council Executive Secretary Scott Pace and Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Space Council Jared Stout. Credit: White House Official Photo
This image from the ISS shows strong tropospheric storm clouds pushing up against and being blocked at the tropopause, illustrating the decoupled and isolated nature of the stratosphere from the troposphere below. This relative isolation allows rocket emissions to accumulate in the stratosphere. Credit: NASA
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In this European Space Agency illustration, a satellite breaks up, adding to the growing population of orbital debris. Debris-clearing spacecraft the U.S., China and others have in the works could easily double as anti-satellite weapons. Credit: ESA
“We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force. Separate but equal. It is going to be something,” President Donald Trump said during a June 18 meeting of the National Space Council. “I’m hereby directing the department of Defense and the Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement.” Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A on May 21, 2018 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA
SPD-2 signing ceremony
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at U.S. Northern Command headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Credit: DoD
ESA was planning the most ambitious debris removal demonstration: capturing its 8,000-kilogram Envisat environmental-monitoring satellite in 2023 and performing a controlled atmospheric reentry. Now, ESA is exploring synergies between on-orbit servicing and debris removal spacecraft. Credit: ESA
NASA Administrator Jim
Bridenstine watches the May 5 launch of NASA’s InSight spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
DARPA Director Steven Walker. Credit: U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael Pausic
During an ‘industry day’ held May 8 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine asks commercial companies to help get the agency back to the moon as quickly as possible. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light. Curiosity was delivered in 2012 to Gale crater, a 155-kilometer-wide crater that contains a record of environmental changes in its sedimentary rock. Credit: NASA JPL-CALTECH
The value of smallsats will be fully realized when the disorganized flock is transformed into a carefully orchestrated
constellation. Credit: NASA illustration

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