A U.S. Navy Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptor launches from a Japanese destroyer during a Sept. 12 test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System off the coast of Hawaii. Aegis is part of the missile defense network that protects U.S. and allied warships from ballistic missile attacks. The Missile Defense Agency wants to add a new layer of space sensors to detect and track hypersonic weapons that China and Russia are developing. Credit: U.S. Missile Defense Agency
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Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS)
Most of the Army's advanced weapons, including missile defenses, depend on space systems (Army photo)
An artist's concept of a Space Laser Satellite Defense System.
SBIRS GEO Flight 3 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Jan. 20 (Lockheed Martin photo)
A long-range ground-based interceptor is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, May 30, 2017. It successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target launched from the Kwajalein Atoll in the first live-fire test event against an ICBM-class target. Credit: Missile Defense Agency
Damage to the portside is visible as the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain steers towards Changi Naval Base in Singapore, following a collision with the merchant vessel. Credit: U.S. Navy
North Korea launches the Hwasong-14 in July on a lofted trajectory that demonstrated sufficient range to hit the continental United States. Credit: Korean Central News Agency

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