"Space Force" ordered by President Trump

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We must have American dominance in space.

The head of NASA said the agency strongly supports Trump's position "forging a sustainable and focused space policy that strengthens American leadership".

US President Donald Trump has ordered the creation of a "Space Force", saying it would be "separate but equal" from the Air Force, the media reported. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would oversee its creation. Dunford replied: "We got it".

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that the department understands the president's guidance, and is working on the matter while taking into consideration the implications for intelligence operations for the other services.

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A senior congressional aide said that Trump's order is consistent with efforts by members of Congress over the past two years to find a way to dedicate additional resources to the country's warfighting in space.

Fortune contacted the Department of Defense for comment but has not heard back. "We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force".

Since the end of the shuttle program in 2011, NASA has contracted with the Russian space program to take astronauts on missions to the International Space Station. They haven't been changed in many, many years, he said. Conceptually, it's created to oversee missions in space, with a view towards space defense.

It's not the first time the idea has been entertained by the government, but there are critics who say this new branch might come up against the Air Force.

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Trump is expected to sign the new space policy into effect Monday, as the National Space Council convenes. The service now has responsibility for military space operations.

Americans first landed on the moon in 1969, reaching a goal set by former president John F Kennedy in 1961, and capping a decade-long space race between Washington and Moscow. The Air Force already maintains a Space Command, for example.

The Commander in Chief also expressed his vision for reviving the U.S. space program. 'The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers'.

The new directive emphasizes data-sharing initiatives, seeking to tap into commercial space know-how in tackling the challenge of a low earth orbit increasingly crowded with communications satellites and space junk. He said the Space Force will "lead the management of traffic and mitigate the effects of debris in space..."

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For the private sector's space activity, the primary effect of the policy is "more rapid and more accurate information on where they can launch", as well as "flexibility in launch windows", and satellites having "more time to put toward revenue-generating activities rather than maneuvering" to avoid collision risks, Pace said. "We don't want China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us".