As humankind continues to advance in space exploration expeditions, new cohorts help facilitate humanity’s mission to explore other outer space bodies. Several space corporations and state agencies are collaborating to develop space technologies that draw humans closer to achieving the vision of living and working on a planet such as Mars. Every commercial space company seeks to bring onboard NASA as its potential customer or funder because of the agency’s comprehensive network, state-of-the-art space technologies, and expertise. Initially, numerous speculations about the much-anticipated partnership between the two United States agencies circulated public media, but all is clear. NASA officially affirmed the association between the agency and the United States Space Force to develop policies, research studies, and space industry technologies. The partnership seeks to protect the planet against hazardous bodies like asteroids.
Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, and General John Raymond, the director of Space Operations, discussed the terms of their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on September 22 during an online forum that the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies conducted. The MoU substitutes a prior agreement between NASA and the United States Air Force Space Command endorsed over two decades ago. The creation of Space Force back in December 2019 disestablished the cohort between the two agencies. Raymond said that the Space Force anticipates future partnership because NASA continues to advance into space exploration technologies for humanity’s benefits. The central objective of the Space Force is to ensure freedom of operation in space to support NASA’s program that aims to take a man back to the Moon and attain the most remarkable space exploration in the history of humanity by reaching Mars.
NASA is an agency that plays no military operations. NASA plans to sort for military support from agencies such as the Space Force to protect its assets, currently in orbit, against hostile attacks. Bridenstine said that there are many challenges in the space industry, and NASA faces the same risks, just like the agency’s peers who are commercial operators. The Space Force plays a vital role in supporting NASA to help the agency achieve its mission while protecting its space assets.
Bridenstine stated that nations are designing, developing, and deploying laser technology and other techniques that interfere with satellite communications. Some countries use cyber weapons to enable them to hack and hijack space systems. Every nation using the space network domain is at risk from these potential threats. When an attack occurs on any spacecraft, the perpetrator’s identity becomes critically essential; however, it is challenging to point out space networks’ culprits.
In conclusion, NASA plans to take advantage of the agency’s international standing to foster new cohorts to facilitate peaceful space use. The agency continues to prepare for its lunar lander mission, encouraging private corporations to utilize the Moon’s resources.