Report Finds Lack Of Key Parts At Space Force Launch Bases

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 launch vehicle, carrying the NASA-U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat 9 Observatory satellite and with four cubesats from the U.S. Space Force’s Mission Manifest Office, is launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, in September 2021.
Credit: U.S. Space Force
The Space Force’s two launch ranges have a shortage of spare parts for critical systems, which could affect future launches as the service projects a vast increase in missions, a new Pentagon report says. The Defense Department Inspector General, in an investigation released Jan. 7, found that the...

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