NASA hopes asteroid missions will pump life into its human exploration program: Asteroid Capture Seen As Catalyst For Exploration – Aviation Week.

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Meanwhile, the Japanese space program looks to be retrenching: Japanese Space Program Braces For Cuts – Aviation Week.

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The Atlas V rocket launches lots of DoD payloads using a Russian engine. And it turns out that DoD rents bandwidth on some Chinese satellites to support its overseas missions: HASC Asks About DOD Use of Chinese Satellite – SpacePolicyOnline.com