2016 – U.S. Missile Defense – Snapshot

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), headquartered in the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, conducts acquisition and testing of systems to defend the United States against incoming missiles.[efn_note]Ronald Reagan. “ADDRESS…

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2016 – Satellite Television – Snapshot

Satellites in geostationary orbit are capable of broadcasting signals over very large areas, making them ideal for distribution of television and radio signals around the world. Satellite television is the…

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2016 – Meteorology – Snapshot

For all of the importance placed on meteorological satellites, they made up a very small part of the 116 Earth observation/remote sensing satellites placed in Earth’s orbit during 2016. With…

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2016 – Surface Imaging – Snapshot

The majority of Earth observation satellites launched in 2016 were small. Only 12 of the 116 Earth observation satellites had a launch mass of 1000 kilograms (2205 pounds) or more.…

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2016 – U.S. Spaceports – Snapshot

Three spaceports conducted orbital launch operations from the United States in 2016: Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). CCAFS…

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2016 – Military Satellites – Snapshot

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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