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  • Minotaur IV rocket successfully launches NRO payload

    The U.S. Space Force successfully launched a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office aboard a Minotaur IV rocket at 9:46 a.m. EST (6:46 a.m. Pacific) today from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.This mission, named NROL-129, was the first USSF launch and the NRO’s first

  • USSF-7 mission director reflects upon 28.5 year space career

    Thirty years ago as an Air Force ROTC cadet at the University of Washington, Col. Shane Clark had no idea how his career would turn out, or the circuitous route he would take to where he is today as mission director for the launch of the U.S. Space Force's USSF-7, and the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

  • New decade heralds new era for SMC’s Launch Enterprise

    The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise capped off another decade of tremendous success for the nation’s premier launch acquirer in 2019.“Our National Security Space Launch program successfully launched four National Security Space missions last year and maintained its perfect

  • Space and Missile Systems Center hosts British Defense and Space delegation

    Sir Stephen Lovegrove, the United Kingdom’s Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and his delegation, toured the Space and Missile Systems Center Feb. 21 during a fact-gathering visit on future partnerships with SMC.As the Permanent Secretary, Sir Stephen is the British government’s

  • GPS III Space Vehicle 03 safely arrives in Florida

    The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center successfully delivered the third GPS III satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Feb. 5, 2020.GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 03 was safely transported from the Lockheed Martin facility in Waterton, Colorado to Space Coast Regional

  • Risk reduction test of ground-launched ballistic missile successful

    The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, in partnership with the Strategic Capabilities Office, successfully conducted a flight test of a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile Dec. 12. The mission served as a risk reduction demonstration for the