In this video I try to answer the question, “What is the Space Force going to do?”. In June 2018 President Trump announced that the US would be developing a space force. Two months later it was also announced that they planned to have the new service (USSF) established by 2020 with an initial personnel count of 200.
In July 2019 the then UK Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced that the RAF is moving towards developing into a space force.
An RAF test pilot is to be seconded to support Virgin Orbit’s satellite program and will be aboard ‘Cosmic Girl’, Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747-400 satellite launch platform.
In early August 2019, France announced that it too would be putting satellites in Earth orbit armed with laser weapons and machine guns.
The stated purpose would be to establish a space command for defending French satellites.
It is likely that other countries with assets in space; China, Russia, India and others, will follow suit and establish measures to protect those assets with weapons.
The US Space Force Strategic Overview, published in February 2019 and in the public domain (google for it), includes this section.
The Space Force will be organized, trained, and equipped to meet the following priorities.
– Protecting the Nation’s interests in space and the peaceful use of space for all responsible
actors, consistent with applicable law, including international law.
– Ensuring unfettered use of space for U.S. national security purposes, the U.S. economy, and U.S. persons, partners, and allies.
– Deterring aggression and defending the Nation, U.S. allies, and U.S. interests from hostile
acts in and from space.
– Ensuring that needed space capabilities are integrated and available to all U.S. Combatant
– Projecting military power in, from, and to space in support of our Nation’s interests.
– And developing, maintaining, and improving a community of professionals focused on the
national security demands of the space domain.
It follows that any military power capable of putting satellites into orbit has the ability (or can quickly acquire it) to arm them for defensive or offensive purposes, and for the same or similar reasons to those listed above by the Americans.
It seems we are moving from the age in which satellites are used for mere surveillance and spying to an era of weaponised hardware in the Earth’s atmosphere.
One could argue that it is only to be expected. Armed forces operate on land, sea, and in the air, so it’s only logical that they should extend into space to protect a nation’s interests there too
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