TrumpSpace: September 2020 Archives

NASA Administrator to Discuss Collaboration with US Space Force, NASA

"NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will participate in a virtual discussion on the agency's collaboration with the United States Space Force at 9:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 22. This Space Power Forum event will stream live on NASA Television and the agency's website. Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, will join Bridenstine in this discussion, hosted and moderated by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies as part of its Space Breakfast Series."

Watch live on NASA TV

Memorandum of Understanding Between The National Aeronautics And Space Administration and The United States Space Force

"Despite their disparate missions, NASA and USSF share a common domain of operations space and with it a shared interest in similar capabilities, technologies, and best practices. Since NASAs inception in 1958, NASA and the Department of Defense (DoD) have shared knowledge regarding common interests. Specifically, NASA has made available to agencies directly concerned with national security, information on discoveries and technologies that have military value or significance. Conversely, national security agencies have shared with NASA, discoveries and information collected which have value or significance to its exploration, science, and technology missions. Historically, areas of collaboration have included space launch and range safety, space communications, human spaceflight support, space flight safety and space situational awareness, scientific research, and technology development."

The Space Force's relevance to the green agenda, The Hill

"But the service is also doing more in this domain. The USSF, for instance, is taking the lead on what will become the ultimate green energy technology: space-based solar power. Ignored for decades by both NASA and the Department of Energy, space-based solar power is unique as a renewable energy source because it is far more efficient than its terrestrial counterpart and requires much less land. Moreover, its vast availability would allow a mature system to meet current global demand many times over."

Keith's note: The Space Force fans are really grasping at straws to rationalize their new organization. The latest attempt involves this claim that it is the job of Space Force to take over space solar power work that NASA and the Department of Energy used to do or were supposed to do or that they once did (in someone's imagination). But wait, there's more:

"The USSF is also at the center of climate intelligence, helping us to know both about our weather patterns on Earth, and about the space weather -- activity of the Sun -- which impacts our biosphere. There would not even be a global green movement had it not been for early military space research to photograph our weather, which gave us our first view of our planet in the 1960s."

Right - and NOAA and NASA had nothing to do with any of this weather stuff. NASA launched America's first weather satellite but this isn't about facts.

Keith's note: So ... civilian space agency NASA is now looking at "areas of collaboration" with military space agency Space Force, according to Jim Bridenstine. I thought the whole point of having a civilian space agency was to have a civilian space agency - not a partner of a military space agency. Curiously, Jim Bridenstine was talking about the purposeful creation of a civilian space agency just yesterday.

Slippery Slope.

Keith's note: Today the White House is releasing Space Policy directive 5 (SPD-5) "Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems" according to a media briefing with senior administration officials. This is the first policy for space systems to apply key cybersecurity principles to protect space systems for government and commercial operators. SPD-5 promotes SPD-3 "Space Traffic Management" including space debris issues and other government defense and security directives. SPD-5 notes that cybersecurity practices that apply to terrestrial systems also apply to space systems. Promotes a culture of prevention, risk management, and best practices. SPD-5 Further defines best practices, establishes norms, and will apply across our industrial base and calls for space systems software to be developed using risk based cyber security engineering cybersecurity. SPD-5 calls says that space system developers should protect against unauthorized access, jamming, spoofing, infiltration of ground systems, cybersecurity hygiene, and supply chain risks. SPD-5 says that developers should leverage widely adapted best practices and norms of behavior, and that operators should make appropriate risk trades appropriate to their systems cybersecurity.

President Trump Signs Space Policy Directive Establishing America's First Comprehensive Cybersecurity Policy For Space Systems

"Today, President Donald J. Trump issued Space Policy Directive-5 (SPD-5), the Nation's first comprehensive cybersecurity policy for space systems. SPD-5 establishes key cybersecurity principles to guide and serve as the foundation for America's approach to the cyber protection of space systems."


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