The Coast Guard Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Program, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, launched two 6U CubeSats from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, as part of the Polar Scout project. Photo courtesy of SpaceX.
Marine Link reports,
“A memorandum of understanding (MOU) inked by the U.S. Space Force Science, Technology, and Research Directorate and U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center on January 19 will expand Space Force access to USCG Research and Development Center facilities, infrastructure and personnel.”
The Coast Guard partnering with the Space Force is a great idea, and not just because they’re the two smallest branches of the US military.
This is probably the science fiction novelist in me talking, but…
Since the Space Force calls their servicemembers “Guardians,” I think they should be named the Space Guard or the Orbit Guard. After all, they’re not projecting military power into deep space (like the Navy and Air Force project military power overseas). They’re only guarding the satellites in orbit — the Earth’s coast, so to speak — so they should be named the Orbit Guard, as they have much more in common with the Coast Guard than the Navy or Air Force.
Might want to look at this.
Wow, I love that article about a Space Guard! Great minds think alike. 🙂