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  • Pence leaves open the possibility of nuclear weapons in space: ‘Peace comes through strength’

    10/24/2018 1:11:48 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 23, 2018 | Robert Costa
    Vice President Pence on Tuesday declined to rule out the idea of deploying nuclear weapons in space, saying that the current ban on their use is “in the interest of every nation” but that the issue should be decided on “the principle that peace comes through strength.” The new positioning comes as the Trump administration moves to potentially exit a major nuclear weapons pact with Russia and possibly bolster U.S. military operations in the heavens by forming a “Space Force.” Pence argued that the Space Force is critical for U.S. national security as China and Russia expand their presence in...
  • Space Force to be the Topic of Next National Space Council Meeting

    10/19/2018 1:58:08 PM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    Space.com ^ | Oct 19, 2018 | Jeff Foust, SpaceNews Writer
    WASHINGTON — The status of proposals to create a separate branch of the U.S. military devoted to space will be the subject of the next meeting of the National Space Council on Oct. 23. Vice President Mike Pence, in an Oct. 12 tweet, said that the interagency group will discuss "progress made and next steps" on the formation of a Space Force, a plan formally announced by President Trump  at the council's last meeting in June. The president "has rightly called for the creation of a 6th branch of the Armed Forces to advance US dominance in space," Pence wrote. "#SpaceForce is...
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson says Trump's Space Force could be a 'fatal mistake' if done wrong

    10/13/2018 5:49:47 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct. 13, 2018 | Adriana Belmonte
    President Trump raised eyebrows earlier this year when he announced plans to create a “Space Force,” which would become the sixth branch of the military. Vice President Mike Pence later announced in a speech that the branch was needed in order for the US to maintain military dominance in space. The proposed Space Force is estimated to cost $13 billion in its first five years. And despite some snickers among political observers, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t think the Space Force is that crazy of an idea. But Tyson, one of the authors of “Accessory to War: The Unspoken...
  • SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell: 'We Would Launch A Weapon to Defend the US'

    09/24/2018 8:35:59 AM PDT · by ETL · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 23, 2018 | Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews Staff Writer
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell speaks to audiences around the world and gets lots of questions. During  at the Air Force Association's annual symposium, Shotwell was thrown a question she said she had never heard before: "Would SpaceX launch military weapons?" "I've never been asked that question," Shotwell said somewhat surprised. Her response: "If it's for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would." The room packed with Air Force service members and military contractors burst into applause. They seemed impressed that SpaceX is one of the world's coolest companies and also...
  • First estimates for Space Force put cost at $13 billion over five years

    09/18/2018 5:24:28 PM PDT · by PFW · 18 replies
    The first estimates from the Air Force on the proposed new Space Force branch of the military put the cost at around $13 billion over 5 years. On Monday, The Associated Press obtained a memo dated Sept. 14 from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, which called for “a lethality focused organization that will field space superiority capabilities.” “The President has clearly communicated his desire for a military department for space,” Wilson wrote. “Strategic competition with Russia and China is the focus of our approach.” The memo states that in its first year the Space Force would cost $3.3 billion. The...
  • The Case for a Space Force

    09/02/2018 4:20:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2018 | Lorenzo Ortega
    The United States of America is THE dominant space power in the world. We have developed more different space rockets than any country, have launched more successful satellites to Mars, very hard to do, and have developed the most complex satellites in the world. This is why the 21st century has almost entirely been invented in the United States and with what we know, and can do, we continue to preserve our PAX Americana stopping any large military force from attacking the United States or their allies. Imagine a civilian world without: digital maps, global internet, real time cable tv,...
  • Mattis: Reorganization of US Military Space Forces Already in Motion

    09/01/2018 6:19:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 31, 2018 07:25am ET | Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews Staff Writer |
    The Defense Department is moving ahead with previously announced plans to stand up a four-star U.S. Space Command as part of a broader effort to reorganize military space forces, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday at a joint news conference at the Pentagon with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. Mattis said the new command will be funded with existing resources and staffed with existing personnel. Congress in the 2018 defense policy bill directed DoD to create a "sub-unified" Space Command under U.S. Strategic Command, but the Pentagon has proposed taking this a step further and...
  • SpaceX Dragon Successfully Returns to Earth From the ISS

    08/25/2018 10:57:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 30 replies
    “If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred. A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before. That really is the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space.” --Elon Musk
  • NASA to explore space rock worth so much money it would DESTROY world economy

    01/16/2017 4:24:39 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 134 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 16th January 2017 | Peter Truman
    THE American space agency is planning to send a spacecraft to a lump of metal in space worth quadrillions of dollars. The 200km-wide asteroid is currently orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. It is made up of various precious metals such as iron, nickel and gold. Experts believe the iron alone in the rock would be worth $10,000 quadrillion – enough to cause the world’s economy, worth $73.7 trillion, to promptly collapse altogether.
  • Germany lacks plan in case of alien contact

    08/19/2018 8:29:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.18.2018 | Louisa Wright
    The German government has “no plans or protocol” should first contact with aliens occur, according to a report by German daily Bild. The government considers such an event “extremely unlikely according to current scientific knowledge,” the Ministry of Economics said when responding to a question from Green MP Dieter Janecek. “Concrete cases that could have been the subject of bilateral or multilateral talks with other states are not known,” the ministry’s statement continued. While Germany might not have a plan for extraterrestrial visitors, the US is more prepared. Even before the establishment of a Space Force that US President Donald...
  • I Don’t Believe in Aliens Anymore

    08/08/2018 10:36:52 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 43 replies
    Atlantic Magazine ^ | August 8 | MICHAEL W. CLUNE
    Ever since the Renaissance, the sciences have dealt human beings a steady stream of humiliations. The Copernican revolution dismantled the idea that humanity stood at the center of the universe. A cascade of discoveries from the late-18th to the early-20th century showed that humanity was a lot less significant than some had imagined. The revelation of the geological timescale stacked millions and billions of years atop our little cultural narratives, crumbling all of human history to dust. The revelation that we enjoy an evolutionary kinship to fish, bugs, and filth eroded the in-God’s-image stuff. The disclosure of the size of...
  • This is why we need a 'Space Force'

    08/16/2018 9:20:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/16/2018 | Rick Moran
    A mysterious Russian satellite has exhibited "very abnormal behavior" in its orbit, leading the Pentagon to worry that it may be some kind of weapon. Weapons are banned from outer space by treaty, but it's believed that there are ways to weaponize lasers and electronic jamming devices to disable or destroy satellites.  China is believed to already have an advanced anti-satellite capability, with the U.S. nearly on par with the Chinese and Russia trailing in the race to develop this vital technology. The media largely dismissed Trump's plan to develop a Space Force and make it a separate branch of the armed...
  • THE WEEK IN PICTURES: SPACE FORCE EDITION

    08/11/2018 11:57:23 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11 Aug 2018 | Stephen Hayward
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  • Flat Earthers Call Trump’s Space Force Idea ‘Impossible’ (QAnon mention)

    08/11/2018 2:17:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 10, 2018 | Kelly Weill
    The idea that the U.S. is going to expand its might beyond the globe is a problem for people who believe we live on a disc. President Donald Trump wants a Space Force to expand U.S. military power beyond the globe. That’s a problem for flat earthers who incorrectly believe the world is a flat disc floating through space. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence announced plans to launch “Space Force,” a sixth branch of the U.S. military by 2020. The proposed branch would be reserved specifically for outer space operations. Military experts say the Air Force currently carries out...
  • Pentagon's top engineer blames Russia, China for militarizing space as Space Force takes shape

    08/10/2018 10:11:20 PM PDT · by cba123 · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 14 hours ago
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Pentagon's top engineer criticized Russia and China this week for militarizing space, a move the Trump administration wants to address with the formation of a sixth service branch dubbed Space Force. His remarks came a day before Vice President Mike Pence laid out President Donald Trump's vision for creating the Space Force by 2020. "We are not the people who choose to weaponize space, but if we are challenged we will respond," Dr. Michael Griffin said Wednesday at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Ala. "The Defense Department is today working on a means...
  • Hey Martha, Get a Republican Astronaut Next Time!

    08/09/2018 4:30:47 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 23 replies
    Vanity | 8/9/18 | Originalbuckeye
    Next time you want an astronaut to comment on the new Space Force, why don't you try a Republican, Martha McCallum? Do you expect Gabbi Giffords’ brother-in-law to be supportive of anything Trump??
  • 'Mars Awaits': Trump campaign asks supporters to vote for a 'Space Force' logo

    08/09/2018 3:15:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/9/18 | John Haltiwange
    Space ForcePresident Donald Trump is asking supporters to vote on a logo for the "Space Force," a new military branch he's asked the Pentagon to establish. Twitter * President Donald Trump's campaign sent an email to supporters with potential logos for the "Space Force," a new military branch the president has instructed the Pentagon to establish. * Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday outlined the administration's plan for moving forward with the Space Force, including specifics on instructions given to the Pentagon. * Lawmakers and senior military officials aren't as enthusiastic about the proposed "Space Force" as the White House....
  • U.S. Space Force is a REALITY: Here’s why it’s necessary

    08/09/2018 12:07:01 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 63 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/9/18 | USA Features
    USSF: The newest branch of the U.S. military, the United States Space Force, became a reality on Thursday with an announcement by Vice President Mike Pence to an audience at the Pentagon. U.S.S.F. becomes the sixth military branch of service, the first one created since the U.S. Army Air Corps became the Air Force shortly after World War II. “The time has come to establish the United States Space Force,” Pence announced, noting that during the last great war, America rose to meet substantial military challenges posed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Part of meeting — and defeating —...
  • NASA signs off on SpaceX’s “load-and-go” procedure for crew launches

    08/09/2018 9:09:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | August 9, 2018 | Stephen Clark
    The NASA manager overseeing development of Boeing and SpaceX’s commercial crew ferry ships says the space agency has approved SpaceX’s proposal to strap in astronauts atop Falcon 9 rockets, then fuel the launchers in the final hour of the countdown as the company does for its uncrewed missions. The “load-and-go” procedure has become standard for SpaceX’s satellite launches, in which an automatic countdown sequencer commands chilled kerosene and cryogenic liquid oxygen to flow into the Falcon 9 rocket in the final minutes before liftoff. “From a program standpoint, we went throgh a pretty extensive process where we laid out the...
  • Mike Pence expected to lay out next steps for creation of Space Force

    08/08/2018 2:04:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/07/18 | Katelyn Caralle
    Vice President Mike Pence is expected to give a speech at the Pentagon Thursday where he will outline the next steps in forming the Space Force as the fifth branch of the military. “JUST IN: VP Pence will deliver a speech Thursday at the Pentagon about next steps in the formation of the Space Force,” a CNN correspondent reported Tuesday. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that the Defense Department, Pence, and the White House are in “complete agreement” in the creation of a new Space Force.