How does Trump's Space Force compare to Russian Federation and China's space capabilities?

Jun 19, 2018, 16:45
How does Trump's Space Force compare to Russian Federation and China's space capabilities?

The president framed space as a national security issue, saying he does not want 'China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us'. "And I was not really serious, and then I said what a great idea, maybe we'll have to do that".

Mr. Trump called out China and Russian Federation as rivals and vowed to beat them, saying: "We don't want China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us..." We're going to have to talk about that, your joining those two companies.

It's unclear how Trump's space military will be regarded by other nations.

President Donald Trump used a term from U.S. segregationist history to describe the relationship between the Air Force and his newest military branch, the Space Force, calling it "separate but equal". "We don't have numbers behind how much value, but are sure it will still be less than the large programs", such as the F-35 fighter jet, the Navy Virginia class submarines and Air Force B-21 Raider bomber, Ferguson said. Congressional action will likely be needed to create the appointments and appropriations necessary to bring a new branch of the military into existence. But some, including two Republican members of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, backed the initiative.

President Donald Trump has been talking about creating a Space Force for a while now.

Trump more broadly envisioned a bright future for the USA space program, pledging to revive the country's flagging efforts, return to the moon and eventually send a human mission that would reach Mars.

Demanding not only "American presence" but "American dominance" in space.

While most parties associated with America's defense apparatus agree that orbital defense is a significant concern, not all agree that the establishment of a space-specific branch is the most effective means of addressing the growing threat posed by foreign competitors. The Space Corps - as it's been called - was in the House version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act but later dropped in conference.

Trump wants to privatize the ISS after 2025, another controversial notion in Congress, in order to spend more money on NASA and returning astronauts to the Moon.

"It is going to be something", Trump said.

NASA is planning a series of lunar missions from next year.

Earlier Monday, the White House announced it is establishing a new policy for reducing satellite clutter in space. NASA has already sought out mission concepts for delivering materials to the surface of the Moon. "And, you know, I've always said that rich guys seem to like rockets".

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