March 13, 2022

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Moon battle: New Space Force plans raise fears over militarizing the lunar surface.

The battle is on for the moon.

The U.S. military is investing in new technologies to build large structures on the lunar surface. It’s designing a spy satellite to orbit the moon. And it just announced plans for a surveillance network — what it calls a “highway patrol” — for the vast domain between Earth’s orbit and the moon, known as cislunar space. Top military strategists and documents, meanwhile, now consistently refer to this region as a new realm of operations.

The funding is also starting to flow. The government spending bill passed by Congress this week added $61 million for the military to pursue projects in cislunar space.

Hope we spend more time on propulsion than on pronouns.

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