The US space agency announced that an agreement between it and NASA to “broaden cooperation” had been signed by both heads of the organization at a virtual Mitchell Institute event on Tuesday.
These areas of broad cooperation, mentioned in Tuesday morning’s press release from the USSF, include: “human spaceflight, US space policy, space transportation, standards and best practices for safe space operations, scientific research and planetary defense.”
This extraordinary agreement between the two premier organizations in the United States space agencies replaces another one signed 14 years ago by NASA and the US Air Force Space Command. Under this previous agreement, the two organizations undertook to share research and development information with each other, reduce duplication of system development and collaborate in the long-term planning of their respective game plans for space.
This new collaboration, according to the press release, will promote NASA’s plans for an unrivaled lunar survey under the Artemis program “while” building on a long-standing partnership with the Department of Defense “that it has had since the late 1950s.
NASA and the military share a long history dating back to the late 1950s; there is power in our partnership, ”USSF Director of Space Operations General John“ Jay ”Raymond said. “A secure, stable and accessible space domain supports our nation’s security, prosperity and scientific achievement. The Space Force is looking forward to future cooperation, as NASA launches further into the universe for the benefit of all. ”
“NASA’s partnership is critical to ensuring that America continues to lead the world in the peaceful uses of outer space,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “This agreement with the US Space Force confirms and continues our rich legacy of cooperation with the Department of Defense and provides a critical basis for exploring areas of mutual interest for our distinct civilians and defense roles in space.”
In addition, this new agreement follows the creation of the USSF as early as December 2019 and further defines the role that this new branch of the military will play in space policy and endeavor.
Two of the most important plans for the Artemis program are before 2024 to place the first woman and the next man on the moon while establishing a sustainable presence there before 2030. All this is part of the agency’s plan to use the moon as a springboard to its ultimate goal. : a manned mission to Mars.
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