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Pentagon to build first military space station ?

By T.K. Randall
July 19, 2020 · Comment icon 18 comments

An artist's impression of Shooting Star. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)
The US Space Force is reportedly working on plans for an experimental outpost in orbit around the Earth.
Back in June 2018, the US President announced the formation of a new branch of the US military - a 'Space Force' that would help to prevent countries such as China and Russia taking the lead off-world.

Since then, efforts have been underway to bolster the military's presence off-world, with a 'critical' communications satellite being launched back in March followed by the acquisition of its first offensive weapon in April - a satellite jamming array capable of blocking enemy access to military satellites.

Now though, it looks as though the US Space Force is planning to take things one step further by creating and launching an experimental space station which will be capable of supporting a whole range of scientific research endeavours.

The new outpost is being designed as a modification of the existing Shooting Star space transport vehicle which has been in development by the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) since 2016.

"We're excited by the multi-mission nature of Shooting Star," said SNC CEO Fatih Ozmen.
"It was originally developed for NASA resupply missions to the International Space Station, and since then we keep identifying new capabilities and solutions it offers to a wide variety of customers. The possible applications for Shooting Star are really endless."

Measuring 15ft long, the vehicle is capable of carrying 10,000 pounds of cargo.

"The current Shooting Star is already designed with significant capabilities for an orbital outpost and by adding only a few components we are able to meet Department of Defense needs," said SNC's Steve Lindsey.

"We are proud to offer our transport vehicle to DoD as a free-flying destination for experimentation and testing, expanding beyond its current payload service capabilities for Dream Chaser cargo missions."

The first demonstration mission of Shooting Star is set to take place later this year.

Source: The Drive | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
Drake never studied biology or how the structure of planetary systems affect climate and evolution. In the Dune and Foundation novels both empires were worried about being attacked by "something else" and in both cases the enemy turned out to be returning humans. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
Given that this is a military station, what military advantage is there to a moon base over an orbital station?
Comment icon #11 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
Please note that I stated I'd rather see. Do we really need a military version of the ISS?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
I know what you said, I'm just failing to see how it's relevant to the topic.
Comment icon #13 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
Don't worry about it. You can delete every comment I've made in this thread if you want. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by spartan max2 4 years ago
The article dosen't call is a military base. Only the title is asking that.   
Comment icon #15 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
He meant in a peaceful international context. 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 4 years ago
It sounds more like a satellite rather than an actual space station. Its made from an unmanned resupply module developed for the ISS and is a whopping 15 feet long. Not much of a space station if its that small and have no crew. Both the US and the Soviet Union toyed with the idea of building manned military space stations, the Soviets actually built one. They both reached to conclusion that there is nothing military that can't be done as well, and much cheaper, with unmanned space crafts.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Trelane 4 years ago
Paper routes and car washes
Comment icon #18 Posted by tortugabob 4 years ago
What a joke. The US military has equipment in space our enemies only dream of.  Our huge military budget is not only for the equipment you see. Those triangle aircraft that defy gravity are the stuff the US  government lets us and our enemies know about to keep the bad guys guessing.  Most of the "advanced weapon systems" used by our overt military organizations (Army, Marines, USAF, and Navy) are there so the Chinese can steal the plans and make the stuff.  In the next one we'll blow it all up.

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