This is an aerial photo of the U.S. Air Force Space Surveillance Network on Kwajalein Atoll slated for initial operations in late 2019. Credit: Lockheed Martin
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson speaks April 9, 2019 at the 35th Space Symposium. Credit: Tom Kimmell
Electron ELaNa-19 launch
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the NROL-76 payload for the NRO - sits on the launch pad April 29 at Launch Complex 39A. The rocket will have to wait at least 24 hours for liftoff after SpaceX scrubbed the launch planned for April 30 due to an issue with a first-stage sensor. Credit: SpaceX
The U.S. Air Force is eager to obtain more data on space weather which its 557th Weather Wing based at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska uses to produce forecasts and analyze space weather events. Credit: Air Force
A GPS 3 satellite atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Credit: SpaceX
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson speaking Dec. 3 at the SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation at Hogan Lovells in Washington. Credit: Lisa Nipp for SpaceNews.
U.S. Air Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond.
Lockheed Martin is completing the Air Force Space Fence on Kwajalein Atoll. This image depicts coverage that would be provided and a second site in Western Australia. The S-band radars detects objects passing through the RF "fence" and begins tracking them. Credit: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson in conversation with SpaceNews at the 34th Space Symposium on April 18, 2018. Credit: SpaceNews
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
Air Force Gen. John Hyten, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command. Credit: Kate Patterson for SpaceNews

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