Nov 30, 18 / Sag 26, 02 16:25 UTC
General News: Nov 30 ¶
David Saint-Jacques, 48, is in the final stage of preparations for the first crewed Russian rocket launch since October’s Soyuz rocket failure. The Canadian astronaut is preparing for some intense moments.
While he and two fellow astronauts launch to the International Space Station on Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Saint-Jacques explained that among all the tasks, the most complicated and the most dangerous are the 10 minutes of being launched into orbit.
Via videoconference Saint-Jacques told reporters that of course space flight is dangerous, and it's something that requires all their attention to achieve successfully. He added that Nick and Alexei demonstrated yet again that we need to look at every detail and be well prepared
In other news, the Pentagon believes the proposal of a Space Force as a sixth branch of military, may not pass in Congress. Thus, the Pentagon is thinking about downsizing the organization into a division of another established armed service, namely the Air Force, as reported by DefenseOne. The setup would be similar to the Department of the Navy, which controls both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
DefenseOne reports there are four options to be considered:
- A Space Force under the Department of the Air Force that takes only Air Force space assets.
- A Space Force under the Department of the Air Force that takes Air Force, Army, and Navy space assets.
- An independent service that takes from the other three armed services.
- An independent service that takes from the three other armed services and the U.S. intelligence community.
What's more, Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s Administrator, ordered the upcoming safety review of SpaceX and Boeing, which was reportedly triggered by Elon Musk's behavior on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast in September, as reported by The Atlantic.
Christian Davenport, from The Washington Post, first reported the order of that review, which is slated to begin in 2019 and take months to complete. Davenport specified three unnamed officials, who said that top NASA brass were angry with Musk, who had sipped whiskey and smoked weed on The Joe Rogan Experience.
Davenport talked to Bridenstine, who said he supported the review but did not say who ordered it.
However, at a meeting with reporters at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. that took place on Nov. 29, Bridenstine said he was the one who set everything in motion, as per The Atlantic's Marina Koren, who was in attendance.
Which proposal do you think Congress will pick for the Space Force and why? Do you approve the creation of a Space Force o not?
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