Satellite Design

2016 – Military Satellites

Military satellites—spacecraft acquired, launched, and operated by a nation’s military forces—share many of the same mission types used in commercial and civilian applications. Communications, remote sensing, positioning, navigation, and timing…

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2015 – U.S. Military Satellites

A military satellite, like its civilian counterpart, can fulfill purposes such as communications or remote sensing. Military satellites also serve unique missions not addressed by civil or commercial services, such…

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2010 – U.S. Military Satellites

An unmanned U.S. Air Force space plane, the X-37B, was launched in April 2010 aboard an Atlas V rocket. The X-37B remained in orbit for ## days, testing its capabilities…

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2011 – U.S. Military Satellites

In March 2011, the U.S. Air Force launched the ## test flight of the top secret X-37B space plane. Originally scheduled to land after ## days, the mission was extended…

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