The Air Force has opened an investigation into Falzarano’s death but initial indications show he likely died of natural causes, officials said in a statement. Falzarano, 47, was not believed to have contracted the coronavirus, the officials said.
NATO will launch its first strategy for space this week as the alliance heads beyond the skies to defend against the likes of China and Russia.
As concerns grow about the possible militarisation of space—alongside more mundane worries about debris orbiting the Earth—allied defence ministers will sign off on a policy framework.
Es gehe nicht darum, „den Weltraum zu militarisieren“, sagte Stoltenberg. Die Nato solle vielmehr als Forum für die 29 Mitgliedstaaten dienen, um Informationen über Bedrohungen auszutauschen.
The Senate approved Gen. John Raymond to be the commander of Space Command by unanimous consent in a package of a couple dozen military nominations.
Raymond serves as the commander of Air Force Space Command. When the Pentagon announced his nomination in March, the department said he would be dual-hatted, meaning he will now serve as both commander of U.S. Space Command and commander of Air Force Space Command.
The fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act ordered the Pentagon to establish U.S. Space Command under U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees nuclear weapons.
The Pentagon, however, opted for a fully independent Space Command on par with other warfighting commands when reviewing how space is organized within the Defense Department.
The Pentagon had an independent Space Command from 1985 until 2002, when it was folded into the U.S. Strategic Command in a reorganization.
Pursuant to my authority as the Commander in Chief and under section 161 of title 10, United States Code, and in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I direct the establishment, consistent with United States law, of United States Space Command as a functional Unified Combatant Command. I also direct the Secretary of Defense to recommend officers for my nomination and Senate confirmation as Commander and Deputy Commander of the new United States Space Command.
The United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) was a Unified Combatant Command of the United States Department of Defense, created in 1985 to coordinate the use of outer space by the United States Armed Forces.
The House Armed Services Committee under a Democratic majority voted Thursday for what it calls Space Corps, following a similar move last month by the GOP-led Senate backing a Space Force—the name President Donald Trump coined. While initially met with skepticism in Congress, the panels almost certainly will greenlight the dedicated unit in the final defense authorization bill this year.
During a speech at a meeting of the National Space Council, Mr. Trump announced plans to protect American interests in space through monitoring commercial traffic and debris, initiatives he said would be “great not only in terms of jobs and everything else, it’s great for the psyche of our country.”
Minutes later, the president zeroed in on Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and tasked him with the undertaking of creating another branch of the military.
„Wenn es darum geht, Amerika zu verteidigen, reicht es nicht, nur eine amerikanische Präsenz im All zu haben. Es muss eine amerikanische Dominanz im All geben“, so der US-Präsident Trump.