This means that such bases like Peterson Air Force Base, which sits in Colorado Springs, would be renamed as the ‘Peterson Space Force Base.’
Other possible changes could be made to what’s known currently as Schriever Air Force Base - and Buckley Air Force Base.
General John “Jay” Raymond, a US Space Commander, said: “We do have a plan to rename the principal Air Force bases that house space units to be space bases.”
Talking to the press, he added: “We’ll plan that appropriately in the months ahead.” However he insisted that even if bases are named “space bases”, the Space Force will continue to rely on the Air Force to maintain them, there will be no change in that regards. Raymond added: “We’ll work to rename those to match the mission of the base.” The change is part of several initiatives set out by Space Force and Planning Task Force.
The proposed actions to increase the stand of Space Force could come to fruition in as soon as 30 days, according to a memo seen by publication SpaceNews.
The memo states: “The White House and the secretary of the Air Force have consistently set an expectation for rapid Space Force stand-up, and have emphasised the importance of ‘moving out swiftly and rapidly’ and creating positive public perception with regards to expeditious implementation.”
It adds: “To have the greatest public impact, the Space Force Planning Task Force recommends implementing the key actions listed above simultaneously.
“Completion of the key actions, coupled with a few other longer terms actions, could allow the Department of the Air Force to declare Initial Operational Capability for the Space Force much sooner than the 12-month plan, which would be a significant milestone for the new Service.”
Renaming Air Force installations as ‘Space Force Bases’ is one of seven recommendations by the planning task force, it continues.
Other recommendations include: to issue “a memorandum by the Secretary the Air Force outlining the responsibilities of the chief of space operations”.
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Also to: “Name the initial members of the Space Force staff as soon as possible, expedite the assignment of detailees and military members, as well as advertising civilian positions for immediate hiring dates.”
Separately NASA admitted ‘we’re not going to know’ when space rocks fly at Earth.
Comet and asteroid expert Dr Steve Chesley spoke on the NASA On A Mission podcast to discuss the recent revelation by NASA.
“Anti-comet pills and gas masks did a brisk business despite the reassurance of most astronomers.”
Comet’s orbits move arbitrarily and even faster than asteroids do when they come into near-Earth orbit.
This means comets can technically inflict far more carnage if they collide.
But Dr Chesley stated in the podcast that is not only comets’ speed that is troubling for us on earth.
He said: “Adding to that is the ones that are coming from the far, far reaches of our solar system, these appear not to be small.
“And so not only are they going faster, but they’re probably larger.”
“If we see something coming, first of all, we’re not even going to know because of outgassing whether or not it’s actually going to hit the Earth until very late, and then what do you do with something that’s six miles (10km) in size that’s probably headed for you?”