Donald Trump’s ambitious military and civilian space programmes may undergo certain changes should ex-Vice President Joe Biden occupy the Oval Office, say space policy specialists Dr Namrata Goswami and Ian Whittaker, explaining how the next administration is likely to shape the US space agenda.
President Donald Trump once again emphasised the creation of the Space Force as an independent military branch during a Thanksgiving call with military officers representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard.
The new armed service branch was founded on 20 December 2019 and is believed will survive in the potential Biden administration, although the former vice president said little about his space plans during the campaign. Citing Washington aerospace and defence consulting firm Velos, Space News alleged that the change in who holds the keys to the White House “does not portend any immediate abrupt changes to US national security or civil space programmes”. It does, however, appear that NASA may shelve some of President Trump’s ambitious programmes and re-prioritise climate change research instead, according to Business Insider.
US Space Force is Likely to Stay Intact
Joe Biden’s policy on space isn’t exactly clear since not much has been discussed or offered during the campaign, admits Dr Namrata Goswami, an independent strategic analyst and author specialising in space policy.
The Space Force’s first birthday on 20 December is drawing nearer…