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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    Ah, you beat me to it. I just saw a bit on this. I have the feeling there will be jokes about the USSF for some time. In this case I have already seen a number of Guardians of the Galaxy jokes. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see one make it into a future GotG movie.
    The name comes from a 1993 US Air Force Space Command motto, “Guardians of the High Frontier." From earlier reports they want to evolve a Search & Rescue capability as crewed cislunar traffic increases, sort of like the US Coast Guard.

    An S&R function would also fit with DoD and NASAs recent interest in developing high-thrust nuclear propulsion. Imagine replacing the RaptoVacs on a Starship with nuclear engines

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    Here is their announcement on twitter:

    https://twitter.com/SpaceForceDoD/st...54052894326785

    Apparently it goes back to an Air Force Space Command motto from 1983 - “Guardians of the High Frontier” and they say they chose this from hundreds of submissions after a year long process. It kind of makes me wonder what the other suggestions were.
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    Hah! Looks like we were posting around the same time docmordrid.

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    PR release

    ARLINGTON, Va. (U.S. Space Force PR) — Today, after a yearlong process that produced hundreds of submissions and research involving space professionals and members of the general public, we can finally share with you the name by which we will be known: Guardians.

    The opportunity to name a force is a momentous responsibility. Guardians is a name with a long history in space operations, tracing back to the original command motto of Air Force Space Command in 1983, “Guardians of the High Frontier.”

    The name Guardians connects our proud heritage and culture to the important mission we execute 24/7, protecting the people and interest of the U.S. and its allies.

    Guardians. Semper Supra!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    It kind of makes me wonder what the other suggestions were.
    I'll start a Fun & Games thread right away! Link to follow.

    Incidentally, Semper Supra could be translated as "Always High"

    MAN they did not think this through!

    Added: LINK: https://forum.cosmoquest.org/showthr...US-Space-Force
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    Missouri-born astronaut transfers to Space Force while in space. Colonel Mike Hopkins, the Lebanon, MO native who later played football at the University of Illinois before going into the U.S. Air Force and later NASA, was sworn in Friday while on the International Space Station. Hopkins and a crew went into orbit in November aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.

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    Space Force hooking up with Japan,

    ARLINGTON, Va. (U.S. Space Force PR) — The U.S. Space Force and Japan’s Office of National Space Policy signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding this week to launch two U.S. payloads on Japan’s Quasi Zenith Satellite System.

    The Department of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center is developing the payloads, which feature Space Domain Awareness optical sensors and will launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center in 2023 and 2024, respectively. Enhancing Space Domain Awareness is essential to protect the space operations of the U.S, Japan, and other partners. A secure, stable, and accessible space domain is critical to our national security, the health of our respective economies, and enables scientific endeavors which provide environmental benefits.

    Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett hailed the agreement.

    “Space-based systems are integral to modern life,” said Barrett. “This memorandum helps secure capabilities ranging from GPS to communications satellites and more. I congratulate the U.S. Space Force and Japan on achieving this milestone.”

    The MOU demonstrates a shared commitment to increase space partnership in alignment with both allies’ national space policies, central to the U.S. Space Force’s priority of expanding cooperation to enhance prosperity and security.

    “Our efforts to promote stability in the space domain are enhanced by multinational cooperation,” said Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond. “I can think of no better way to celebrate the U.S. Space Force’s first birthday this month than to sign such an important and beneficial agreement with our stalwart ally and friend, Japan. We are stronger together.”

    Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs Kelli Seybolt agreed.

    “Enhancing Space Domain Awareness is just the first step in expanding our space partnership with Japan,” Seybolt said. “We look forward to building on this agreement as we deepen and expand space cooperation with our trusted ally.”

    Department of the Air Force International Affairs serves as the lead integrator for space security cooperation, and works in close coordination with the Space and Missile Systems Center to strengthen alliances and build new partnerships in support of the U.S. Space Force.

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    How We’re Building a 21st-Century Space Force: Only by staying lean, agile, and tightly focused on our mission.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/ar...-force/617434/
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    The Space Force is not alone in its focus on space. Alongside the Space Force is the U.S. Space Command, which stood up in August 2019, and the Space Development Agency, which was created in March 2019. All three are partners in ensuring the U.S. maintains and strengthens its leadership position in space. But all three also have different roles in that regard.

    https://www.spacewar.com/reports/Wha...ncies_999.html
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    US Space Force enters 'Year 2' with momentum and soaring expectations. A partial inventory shows that over the past year, about 2,400 Airmen have officially transferred to the Space Force. Most are crucially important space operators. The first "Space Force Detachment" was formed at the Air Force Academy and established a new minor in space warfighting. The "leadership team" was "built," comprised of a four-star Vice Chief of Space Operations and four, three-star generals who were nominated and confirmed by the Senate. The Space Force also added a Senior Enlisted Advisor.

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    Omnibus spending bill gives Space Force its first separate budget.

    https://spacenews.com/omnibus-spendi...parate-budget/
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    What happens to the Space Force after the Trump administration? The Space Force has gained control of some space operations, but many others are still spread throughout the nation’s other military branches.

    https://www.latimes.com/business/sto...ce-biden-trump
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    Not all space capabilities should reside in Space Force.

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    The director of the Space Development Agency (SDA), Derek Tournear, chose Semper Citius as the SDA's motto - "Always Faster." Not because of satellite speeds of 17,000 mph, but to underline the idea that fielding good-enough capabilities fast must be our highest priority to ensure space superiority.

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    More Space Development Agency news...

    https://spacenews.com/spacex-wins-15...cy-satellites/

    WASHINGTON — SpaceX has been awarded a $150.4 million contract to launch as many as 28 satellites for the Pentagon’s space agency, the Defense Department announced Dec. 31.

    The contract is to launch a mix of small and medium spacecraft of different sizes that the Space Development Agency is acquiring from multiple vendors. That includes 20 data-relay satellites known as the Transport Layer and the other eight are missile-warning satellites known as the Tracking Layer.

    SpaceX will launch these satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

    The Space Development Agency requested bids on Oct. 6 and responses were due Nov. 9. The agency estimates the satellites will be ready to launch in late 2022.
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    The most important question: military mascot? The Air Force has the falcon, Army is a mule, the Navy a goat and of course there is the Marine bulldog. Will Space Force be a raccoon?

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    Given their toughness in hostile environments, including space, how about the Tardigrade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Given their toughness in hostile environments, including space, how about the Tardigrade?
    Or given their shape and means of propulsion, how about a squid?


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    Space Force’s small launch program looks to pick up pace after a year of delays. Small satellite launches by the U.S. Space Force slowed considerably in 2020 due to the pandemic and technical setbacks. Small rocket missions that slipped to 2021 include launches by Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab and Space Vector.

    https://spacenews.com/space-forces-s...ear-of-delays/
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    Space Force needs sensors to distinguish weapons from benign objects. The ability to “characterize threats” is a major challenge for the U.S. Space Force.

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    Lockheed Martin gets $4.9 billion contract to build three missile-warning satellites for U.S. Space Force.

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    SpaceX is now building military satellites.

    The Space Development Agency and GAO overruled protests by Raytheon and Airbus, restoring a contract award to SpaceX and L3Harris to deliver 8 (4 each) Transport and Tracking Layer Tranche 0 satellites. These will be used to detect and track ballistic and hypersonic missiles.

    Rubbing salt in the wound, SpaceX was also awarded the launch contract. 2 launches; September 2022 and March 2023.

    Original award: https://spacenews.com/spacex-l3harri...ng-satellites/

    Restoration of award: https://spacenews.com/spacex-and-l3h...ng-satellites/

    Launch award: https://www.govconwire.com/2021/01/s...racking-layer/
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    "CEO of United Launch Alliance: The US must stay ahead of China is space"

    Reading it, my impression is that it is ULA that needs to stay ahead of SpaceX!

    https://www.defensenews.com/outlook/...hina-is-space/

    The new year will present many challenges for the global defense industry. Among these is the imperative to advance our technical superiority in space to combat the increasing threats we face from China.

    United Launch Alliance is committed to ensuring that the United States remains the leader in space and is ably capable of protecting our national interests and the peace of the global commons during this next evolution of the space race. With the establishment of Phase 2 of the National Security Space Launch program last year, the U.S. space industry is well positioned to build upon our past successes in delivering critical payloads to orbit and to stay well ahead of our adversaries in 2021.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "CEO of United Launch Alliance: The US must stay ahead of China is space"

    Reading it, my impression is that it is ULA that needs to stay ahead of SpaceX!
    Yeah, the people who write the articles and the people who write the headlines don't often talk to each other.
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    The Space Review - "What will space security look like in 2021?"

    https://www.thespacereview.com/article/4103/1

    The US Space Force has only been in operation for little more than a year, and it is already heading into a bold and unpredictable horizon. As the new administration takes over in January, how will the terrestrial and space landscape be viewed and what priorities will be undertaken?
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    Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal selected as future home of U.S. Space Command. The U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, was picked as the future location of U.S. Space Command’s headquarters. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett announced the decision Jan. 13. The selection of Redstone Arsenal is a huge win for Huntsville, nicknamed “Rocket City.” U.S. Space Command is currently based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Alabama was considered a long shot and Colorado was the front runner, given its incumbent status and concentration of military installations and space industry contractors. U.S. Space Command was established in August 2019 as the military’s 11th unified combatant command. The future headquarters will have approximately 1,400 military and civilian personnel.

    https://spacenews.com/alabamas-redst...space-command/

    https://www.al.com/news/huntsville/2...a-sources.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal selected as future home of U.S. Space Command. The U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, was picked as the future location of U.S. Space Command’s headquarters. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett announced the decision Jan. 13.
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    https://spacenews.com/alabamas-redst...space-command/

    https://www.al.com/news/huntsville/2...a-sources.html
    I don't expect this to survive the change in administration's. It reeks of Sen. Shelby of AL pushing the choice, and the Colorado congressional delegation is screaming bloody murder (Colorado is the current home of Space Command).

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    I don't expect this to survive the change in administration's. It reeks of Sen. Shelby of AL pushing the choice, and the Colorado congressional delegation is screaming bloody murder (Colorado is the current home of Space Command).
    Colorado lawmakers blast Space Command decision, urge Biden to review.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/0...uarters-459066
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    "Space Force Receives Fifth SBIRS Satellite"

    https://www.nationaldefensemagazine....birs-satellite

    In a December announcement, Lockheed Martin said the company delivered the SBIRS GEO-5 missile warning spacecraft to the service. The system is expected to launch in 2021 and the sixth satellite is slated for launch in 2022 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

    Tom McCormick, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for overhead persistent infrared systems, said the SBIRS GEO-5 is the first satellite in the constellation to be made with the company’s LM 2100 bus, which is the new upgraded common platform for the system. The company originally received the SBIRS contract in 2014, and then in 2015 reached an agreement to have future satellites equipped with the LM 2100 at no additional cost to the government, he noted.
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