Iridium Communications completed deployment of its Iridium Next constellation with the Jan. 11
launch of the final 10 satellites in the
system. The constellation consists
of 66 operational satellites and nine
on-orbit spares. Credit: Thales Alenia Space Artist's Concept
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Northrop Grumman OmegA rocket
After much tinkering, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has at last finished the cryogenic cooler that will keep JWST's Mid-Infrared Instrument at its frosty-cool operating temperature of minus 270 Celsius. Credit: NASA artist's concept
OmegA, the rocket formerly known as Next Generation Launch system, is Orbital ATK's answer to intermediate and heavy-lift launchers in the works at ULA, SpaceX and Blue Origin. Credit: Orbital ATK
JWST at Northrop Grumman
GPS 3 satellite (Lockheed Martin)
JWST
JWST shipment
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope emerged from Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in December.  (Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn)
An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, during a February 2016 test.  Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos
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The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has said the follow-on program to its missile tracking Space Tracking and Surveillance System (above) is likely to be one part for a multi-mission Defense Department satellite.  Credit: MDA.
The U.S. Air Force's  upcoming fifth and sixth satellites in its missile warning constellation will have a new satellite bus, Lockheed Martin's A2100. Credit: Lockheed Martin.

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