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Military Space Systems

Space systems have made an irreplaceable contribution to keeping the peace for more than three decades. They perform many functions important to U.S. military forces and to the nation.

  • Communication satellites provide reliable communication for command and control of land, sea, and air forces.
  • Meteorological satellites provide up-to-date weather information to Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine field units.
  • Navigation satellites provide accurate positioning (within a few meters) for troops, planes, and ships.
  • Space-based surveillance systems provide treaty-monitoring capability during peacetime and essential warning during conflict.

Because of these advantages, space systems are increasingly being used by the military