Trump orders Pentagon to create United States 'space force'

Trump orders Pentagon to create United States 'space force'

Also on Monday, Cheryl Warner, a spokeswoman for Nasa's Human Exploration Directorate, said that the USA plans to send robotic explorers to the moon as soon as next year as a preparatory step towards sending astronauts back there for the first time since 1972.

"Everybody wants to do it", he said. They can beat us.

Trump's Monday announcement appeared to come as a surprise; most of the National Space Council meeting centered around cooperation between the federal government and private industry, specifically concerning where private companies can launch spacecraft so as not to collide with satellites and space debris. "And we knocked that out".

But Trump said: "Our destiny beyond the earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security". "We are modernizing out-of-date space regulations ... and today we're taking one more step to unleash the power of American ingenuity". Some key Democrats oppose the idea, including Florida Senator Bill Nelson, who said via Twitter, "The president told a U.S. general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don't want". "Gen. Dunford, if you would carry that assignment out, I would be very grateful...." However, critics have said the treaty has no enforcement mechanism, allowing the US or other countries to militarize space.

He said the force would ensure the United States retains space superiority over rivals, namely China and Russian Federation.

Trump first floated the idea of a "space force" in a speech to the military back in March, saying that he "recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea". It wasn't immediately clear whether Mr. Trump favors a similar approach for a dedicated space force.

The White House billed the effort as part of the president agenda to restore US leadership in space.

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There has not yet been any response from other nations. He promised it would be "separate but equal" to the US Air Force.

For the President, the establishment of the Space Force is of a piece with a strategy to create a lasting American presence on the Moon - and eventually Mars. "Too many important issues at stake". The measure, he said, is another step forward in US leadership in space.

The new policy calls for providing a safe and secure environment up in orbit, as satellite traffic increases. NASA has already sought out mission concepts for delivering materials to the surface of the Moon.

"The goal is sustainability", Bridenstine said. Oh, it's no wonder we don't get the pricing we want. Huh?

The term "separate but equal" became a legal precedent following an 1896 Supreme Court ruling Plessy v. Ferguson that said the use of racially separate facilities, if equal, was not discrimination. But that's the importance that we give it.

"It's also important to note that as NASA develops these capabilities, each one of these capabilities feeds forward. We've always led", he added.

NASA has been unable to send astronauts to space since the shuttle program ended in 2011, and relies on Russian Soyuz spaceships in the meantime. We had a Space Command in 1985, but it was folded into Strategic Command in 2002 by then-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld.

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