US Space Force awards 'rapid launch' 

The United States military has requested that two space companies launch a satellite on short notice.

Firefly Aerospace and Boeing subsidiary Millennium Space Systems have been awarded contracts by the United States Space Force to launch a mission in 2023.

"The ability of the United States to rapidly place an asset in orbit will be demonstrated by this end-to-end mission."

Victus Nox will be used by the Space Force for "space domain awareness."

Victus Nox will be launched in 2023 by Firefly's Alpha rocket, which just delivered its first satellites to orbit on Oct. 1.

The Space Force is the first new branch of the United States military since the Air Force was established in 1947.

Due to emerging Russian and Chinese threats, the US military has emphasised

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