14 thoughts on “Space Force Members”

    1. Once SH-Starship is operational, I expect the 21st century to shape up just fine.

      Rand is right. The Space Force will be sending some of its people uphill a lot sooner than its current leadership seems to imagine.

      The U.S. military has a long history of failing to appreciate the war-changing nature of new technology.

      But it has also had visionary hard-shelled mavericks willing to buck the system to drag things forward. Billy Mitchell got ground up in the gears, but ultimately prevailed. Hyman Rickover had no easy time of it either, but didn’t suffer Mitchell’s fate and also prevailed. I don’t know who the Space Force’s Mitchell/Rickover is going to be, but I suspect he’s already in the ranks. In perhaps only a handful of years we will know his name – or hers. And wouldn’t that be something?

  1. From a discipline standpoint, the new force needs a posting that’s worse than Thule or a radar warning site in northern Alaska. The possibility of being TDY on the moon will provide the entire force with a big incentive not to screw up at their desk jobs. “No air, no water, vicious radiation, 220 F in the daytime, and -300 F at night.”

      1. I agree with Ishmael.

        OTOH we have this abandoned space freighter with one floor covered with these oblong egg looking like things that we are posting you there to guard….

      2. IDK, there might be compensations

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  2. “No air, no water, vicious radiation, 220 F in the daytime, and -300 F at night.”

    Depends. My understanding that NASA’s landing sight for the new venture(s) to the Moon starting in 2024 is the lunar south pole:

    NASA’s Bridenstine: We really are going to the lunar south pole

    https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/518424-nasas-bridenstine-we-really-are-going-to-the-lunar-south-pole

    And there is this:

    “The lunar poles have long been places of mystery and promise. Since the Moon’s spin axis is tilted less than 2 degrees relative to its orbital plane, the interiors of many topographic lows (mostly impact craters) never receive any direct sunlight. These regions are perpetually dark and thus very, very cold. The Diviner instrument on LRO has shown that the interiors of some of these shadowed regions are as cold as -248°Ç (-415°F or 25K)! Conversely, a few mountain peaks receive nearly constant illumination resulting in only very small temperature variations. One such peak is on the northern rim of Peary crater, close to the pole. The night to day temperatures at the lunar equator range from about -150°C to 100°C (-238°F to 212°F), so finding a spot for a lunar base with only small temperature variations and nearly constant solar power is a large engineering advantage.”

    https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/lroc-20101005-lunarpole.html
    So near constant inclement temperatures (I have heard around ~35F) in said mountainous regions near poles with nearly constant sunshine and a a source(s) of water readily available. Sounds like a good location for NASA’s (and Space Force’s) base.

    1. Oh, that just fits right in to my theme.

      Sergeant Carter: “Private Pyle, my grandmother can do better than that! Sending you to McMurdo or the South Pole isn’t enough. Sending you to the moon isn’t enough. No, no. I’m going to send you to the moon’s south pole!”

      1. “…my grandmother can do better than that! Sending you to McMurdo or the South Pole isn’t enough. Sending you to the moon isn’t enough. No, no. I’m going to send you to the moon’s south pole!”

        One might assume that if one volunteers to sign up for the “Space Force”, it would be with the expectation/desire to actually go into space. Else why would one volunteer in the first place?

        1. “Else why would one volunteer in the first place?”

          Back in the ’70s my father retired from the Marines as a Master Sargent. He was a Chinook helicopter mechanic/crew chief and Vietnam vet. (And participated in Project Mercury.) He knew that I wasn’t military material, but did recommend the Air Force as an option because “they play around a lot, and don’t get dirty, and they sleep at home.”

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