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Ted Cruz warns about dangers of space pirates

May 24, 2019 | Comment icon 41 comments



Space piracy is perhaps not the most pressing concern. Image Credit: NASA
The US Senator maintains that Trump's Space Force will be needed to protect spacecraft from marauders.
Speaking on Wednesday in an effort to appropriate funds for a proposed space-based offshoot of the United States military, Cruz outlined the possibility of 'space pirates' endangering future missions.

"Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognized the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne travel and commerce from bad actors," he said.

"Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration."
The founding of a US Space Force was announced back in 2018 by President Donald Trump with the goal of preventing countries such as Russia and China from taking the lead in space.

The Trump administration is currently seeking $2 billion to get this new military branch off the ground however it is unclear exactly what it will be doing - especially for the first few years.

Suffice to say, it certainly won't need to be worrying about space pirates anytime soon.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (41)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #32 Posted by RoofGardener 3 years ago
Was Ted Cruz on drugs when he made this speech ?
Comment icon #33 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod 3 years ago
I think Trump should have called it Starfleet in honor of Star Trek. I think the Space Force is needed. With civilian space exploration, who's to say that space pirates or enemy space planes are not too far off.
Comment icon #34 Posted by switchopens 3 years ago
This! This is my calling!
Comment icon #35 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod 3 years ago
Illegal immigrants DO get welfare and food stamps. Especially with family migration. Go to the .gov sites for the statistics.
Comment icon #36 Posted by DieChecker 3 years ago
If their kids were born in the US...
Comment icon #37 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod 3 years ago
Let's not forget the lowest unemployment rate in decades.
Comment icon #38 Posted by toast 3 years ago
Thanks Obama.
Comment icon #39 Posted by DanL 3 years ago
we need some sort military type space force. Sooner or later someone is going to put up a nuke. Understand, right now the US has to beg a ride from the Russians to get a man in orbit. Some crazy eventually will realize that they can basically hold the world hostage by threatening to take out our satellites. No GPS navigation would mess up shipping and the military ships that are dependent on them. There are satellites that are necessary for communications at all levels. The internet, your dish TV. A single small vessel could do billions of dollars worth of damage and I'm not sure that shooting... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by psyche101 3 years ago
I don't understand the big drama. Han Solo seems pretty cool.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Impedancer 3 years ago
What kind of pirates ? Butt pirates bum chums in space


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