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(AF Mag)   Having realized that even the Coast Guard has produced multiple astronauts, Space Force Vice Commander vows to someday make his branch's name less ironic. Someday   (airforcemag.com) divider line
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2020-10-01 7:24:04 PM  
Neat, doesn't this still violate a 1960s United nations treaty?
 
2020-10-01 7:30:17 PM  
People really like to shiat on the coasties for some reason.

I've always found them professional and friendly.

Now, if they could stop reporting stuff on the radio by friggin gps location and instead say "south of sugar island" so people knew where the fark the vessel in distress is, that'd be nice. :)
 
2020-10-01 7:31:14 PM  
Space Guard, a division of Earth Defense Force, Inc.
 
2020-10-01 7:39:42 PM  

alechemist: Neat, doesn't this still violate a 1960s United nations treaty?


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No more than China, Russia, India and Israel already have.
All the treaty has done is show that people don't actually pay attention to how much space has already been weaponized. At least not until the US jumps in late to the game.

The first weapon system the space force took hold of doesn't produce any debris, which means right now the space force is far ahead of the air force and Navy on the whole "not farking space up" goal.

/they've barely had time for the ink to dry on their charter.
/the US has just flown it's first mission in ten years.
/It's going to take a minute to recruit and train more astronauts.
 
2020-10-01 7:41:24 PM  
Does the space force have people who peel potatoes like the other branches of the military? Do they need short haircuts? Isn't "going into space" the reason yokels sign up for the space force?
 
2020-10-01 7:45:36 PM  
We don't need troops in space. Change my mind.
 
2020-10-01 8:15:46 PM  

monkeypapa: Does the space force have people who peel potatoes like the other branches of the military? Do they need short haircuts? Isn't "going into space" the reason yokels sign up for the space force?


Every time I see one of the female astronauts with their hair out crazy for an elementary school Q&A, I have this fear that it will get caught in one of the ten billion circulation fans on the station.
 
2020-10-01 8:55:27 PM  
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2020-10-01 9:23:05 PM  

edmo: We don't need troops in space. Change my mind.


I'm still waiting for the starship trooper's shower scene to become reality.  I got all excited when bathrooms went gender neutral, but NOOOOoooooo.
 
2020-10-01 9:24:01 PM  
Anybody else having a hard time taking this space force thing seriously, or is it just me?
 
2020-10-01 9:36:02 PM  

Herr Morgenstern: Anybody else having a hard time taking this space force thing seriously, or is it just me?


The whole sci-fi trope about space marines and giant ships in laser battles kind of wrecked it from the start.  I could see the need for some DoD service that managed all satellites in a command structure away from fighter pilot generals and carried the NRO's mission to orbit servicing.  However they're still going to have an uphill battle to take that away completely from the other services and just let them be in charge of communications.

But no, there's no space marines for a while.  We don't even need Sean Connery to be a space station sheriff for a few decades.
 
2020-10-01 9:37:47 PM  

Herr Morgenstern: Anybody else having a hard time taking this space force thing seriously, or is it just me?


It's only because of the guy who kicked it off.  The name doesn't really help, either.

But the guys in there have been doing it for over 40 years.  I got accepted into the group in 1995.  It just wasn't called that back then.  All of our satellites and other systems have a command and control structure that coordinates civilian and military space activities.

This group was basically carved out, and called 'space force,' and they might like being recognized finally, but I'm fairly sure nobody there likes the name, either.

However, they are serious business.
 
2020-10-01 10:18:31 PM  
Space is... Hard.
Space Force | Official Trailer | Netflix
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2020-10-01 10:18:59 PM  
Bloopers
Space Force Season 1 Blooper Reel | Netflix Is A Joke
Youtube BQrTuRm3qBg
 
2020-10-01 11:07:30 PM  

Herr Morgenstern: Anybody else having a hard time taking this space force thing seriously, or is it just me?


Yeah, I imagine Drumpf was playing his little X-Wing miniatures when he came up with the idea. He's picturing dog fights and beaming, what he'll get is faster ways to compute Hohmann transfers.
 
2020-10-01 11:12:51 PM  
"The best robots that humans have ever created are probably satellites. ... They're incredible machines, and we're only getting better," Shaw said. "With machine learning and artificial intelligence, we're going to have an awful lot of automated and autonomous systems operating [on] Earth and lunar orbit and solar orbit in the days and years to come, doing national security space activity."

I've seen this movie.  Can they spend our taxes on the timeline where our robot overlord's don't murder us all?
 
2020-10-01 11:13:56 PM  

Smackledorfer: People really like to shiat on the coasties for some reason.

I've always found them professional and friendly.

Now, if they could stop reporting stuff on the radio by friggin gps location and instead say "south of sugar island" so people knew where the fark the vessel in distress is, that'd be nice. :)


No intention to shiat on the coasties, because at least two coasties have been honest-to-god astronauts.  And when I think of "military branches whose members go to space," the Coast Guard is the last thing that comes to mind.  I'm not sure whether any Air Force astronauts have even signed over to the Space Force yet - probably not, since the Space Force wouldn't have anything for them to do.
 
2020-10-01 11:24:23 PM  

Nexzus: Herr Morgenstern: Anybody else having a hard time taking this space force thing seriously, or is it just me?

Yeah, I imagine Drumpf was playing his little X-Wing miniatures when he came up with the idea. He's picturing dog fights and beaming, what he'll get is faster ways to compute Hohmann transfers.


You mean Copernicus?

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/​c​opernicus/index.html

I can't remember if it was this one or another package that would plug along for several weeks trying to line up grand tour-scale missions with scary precision.
 
2020-10-02 12:02:11 AM  

way south: The first weapon system the space force took hold of doesn't produce any debris, which means right now the space force is far ahead of the air force and Navy on the whole "not farking space up" goal.


Where did they get the weapon
 
2020-10-02 1:06:37 AM  

dbirchall: I'm not sure whether any Air Force astronauts have even signed over to the Space Force yet - probably not, since the Space Force wouldn't have anything for them to do.


No more than the Air Force had space missions for them. The military doesn't do manned missions. The only military space vehicles that get any regular use are robotic and have already transferred to the space force.

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Military service is a good start to a space career, but getting selected isn't tied to any particular branch so much as outstanding academic/athletic achievements. That's because it was always NASA that got final pick.

Now that we have a dedicated branch and people are transferring to he space force, when reusable rockets may become the big thing, it's probably a matter of time before this becomes a primary path for training. When the military does launch men it will be very likely to happen through the Space Force.
 
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