Commander’s Update Briefing
In summer 2019, the Ministry of Defence outlined an ambitious space programme, including committing £30m to fast-track the launch of a small satellite demonstrator within a year. It’s just one indication of the growing importance of space to modern air forces, as Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE explains.
The US Air Force’s secretive X-37B spaceplane lands at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida, after spending a recordbreaking 26 months in orbit. The Orbital Test Vehicle, a reusable and unmanned spacecraft, has just completed its fifth mission. You might be forgiven for thinking the statement above is set in the future, but this actually happened last October.