Trump signing directive to clean up space junk

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Nonetheless, past year the House did pass a bill that would have created a space corps, but the plan never took hold in the Senate.

"You know, I was saying it the other day - because we're doing a tremendous amount of work in space - I said, 'Maybe we need a new force, we'll call it the Space Force, '" he said.

If the purported "Space Force" plan comes to reality, it would become the sixth branch of the American military.

Trump noted that the creation of "Space troops" will be held under the supervision of the head of the joint chiefs Joseph Dunford.

Trump also vowed to soon return the United States to the moon and to reach Mars.

The president also used the White House event to establish a new policy for reducing satellite clutter in space.

"My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", he went on. "We must have American dominance in space", Trump said before a meeting of his National Space Council. Military satellites aren't being deployed fast enough because of a bureaucracy that cares more about superiority in the air than space, said Rogers, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

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'The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers'.

The new branch would assume much of the duties now handled by the Air Force Space Command and the Space and Missile Defense Center.

Trump, however, appears unconcerned about the treaty requirements, which prohibit sending weapons of mass destruction into space. Congress would have to pass legislation to authorize a new branch of the military fully compatible with the authorizations of existing military structures.

United States military build-up in space "especially after the appearance of weapons there, would have a destabilising effect on strategic stability and worldwide security", Zakharova warned. He ordered the government last month to review regulations on commercial space flights.

"The goal is sustainability", Bridenstine said.

Both NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts are crew members on the International Space Station and the orbiting laboratory is reliant on space launches from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome. "We are urging Washington to display common sense and avoid repeating mistakes made in the past". "Too many important missions at stake". "It depends on political science".

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