Air Force officials on Friday told reporters that people are clamoring for information on how to join the military’s latest branch. The short answer is, they’re going to have to wait a while.
President Trump officially signed the Space Force into law Friday, but for now, all that means is everyone at Air Force Space Command will now be assigned to Space Force. Over the next 18 months, officials said, the finer details of manning and training the new branch will be hammered out and set in motion.
“It’s going to be really important that we get this right. A uniform, a patch, a song ? it gets to the culture of a service,” said Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond, the head of Air Force Space Command and U.S. Space Command, who will lead Space Force until a chief of space operations is confirmed by the Senate. “There’s a lot of work going on toward that end. It’s going to take a long time to get to that point, but that’s not something we’re going to roll out on day one.”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Monday that his aerospace company, Blue Origin, is his "most important" project.
Bezos made the comments at the Wired 25th anniversary summit in San Francisco, according to CNBC.
He added that he expects there to one day be 1 trillion humans living somewhere in the solar system other than Earth.
"I won't be alive to see the fulfillment of that long-term mission," he said. "We are starting to bump up against the absolute true fact that Earth is finite."
Bezos also said he will spend more than $1 billion next year to support Blue Origin
"The dynamism that I have seen over the last 20 years in the internet where incredible things have happened in really short periods of time," he added. "We need thousands of companies. We need the same dynamism in space that we've seen online over the last 20 years. And we can do that."
India plans to have its own space station, and modalities for it will be worked out after the first manned mission, Gaganyaan, scheduled for August 2022, K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said on Thursday.
“We want to have a separate space station. We will launch a small module for microgravity experiments... that is our ambition,” he said, addressing the media. A detailed report would be submitted to the government after the Gaganyaan mission.
Dr. Sivan said the proposed space station is envisaged to weigh 20 tonnes and serve as a facility where astronauts can stay for 15-20 days, and it would be placed in an orbit 400 km above earth. The time frame for launch is 5-7 years after Gaganyaan, he added.
The ISRO would also join the international space community for a manned mission to moon and beyond, Dr. Sivan said.
Gaganyaan on track
Speaking on the progress of Gaganyaan, Jitendra Singh, Minster of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, said the projec…