Space

Another Free-Falling Chinese Rocket Body Hit Earth Last Week

China continues to burn all the fuel in its launches, allowing the used-up rockets to fall back to Earth uncontrolled.

Experts Assess the Unexplained in Government’s Recent UFO Report

Officials briefed Nextgov on notable inclusions—and what might come next.

US Will Try Using Lasers to Send Data From Space to Drones

In the first experiment of its kind, military researchers will attempt to link drones to satellites via light.

As Space Junk Multiplies, Pentagon Is Stuck Tracking It for Civilians

Private industry is launching at a pace with which the military’s space-surveillance system can’t keep up. Now lawmakers say the Commerce Department’s fix is running late.

Keep Tabs on China’s Growing Space Situational Awareness

As more Chinese satellites reach orbit, Beijing is upgrading its ability to track space debris. But such sensors can be used to destroy as well as protect.

Introducing ‘The China Intelligence’

Everyone needs to understand China better. Open-source intelligence can help.

Space Force’s First Battle Is With the US Army

The newest force is relying on Army and Navy transfers to grow. But giving up missions is not in the military’s DNA.

Why the U.S. Needs a Space Czar

Bureaucracy must keep up with the new space age.

Nobody Wants Rules in Space

As space becomes more crowded, there’s little hope for new international rules to make it safer.

Pentagon Has No Plans to Shoot Down Free-falling Chinese Rocket

Secretary Austin is monitoring the large rocket’s decaying orbit, but spokesman says it’s “too early” to develop options to intercept.

America Can Beat China in Space with Safe Nuclear Propulsion

A reactor that heats up and expels non-radioactive gas promises unprecedented mobility in orbit.

State of Defense 2021

Our annual service-by-service look at where the U.S. military is, and where it's going.