Ted Cruz says the US needs a Space Force to combat space pirates
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued a dire warning about space pirates Wednesday in support of appropriations to fund Space Force, President Trump’s proposed off-planet expansion of the
“Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognized the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne travel and commerce from
bad actors,” said Cruz, the chairman of the subcommittee on aviation and space, adding, “Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way, I believe we
too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration.”
For starters, the Trump administration is seeking $2 billion in new funding from Congress for the creation of Space Force. The new military branch is projected to number about 15,000,
most of whom will be transferred from existing positions. In future years its annual budget could amount to an additional $500 million over the $10 billion already being spent on
unclassified space programs, Defense News reported.
In February, Trump signed a directive ordering the Pentagon to establish Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. military. Months earlier, a super-PAC supporting the president asked
supporters to vote on a new logo for the extraterrestrial troopers.
You can't actually say he's wrong though, space pirates are a serious thing and you'd have to pretty much be delusional to ignore the problem
Genuinely thought this was going to be an onion article.
It would be a problem eventually but I would think the exorbitant expense of going to space would stop much current piracy.
Can you clarify for an ignorant englishman?
fuck, diamond for pulling my leg then
How are you not aware of the current space pirate epidemic? Do you live in a pineapple under the sea?
It's very depressing to see that you can be super smart, try your hardest, work yourself to the bone to be the best you can be while this braindead jack-off babbles about space pirates and is in government.
Eat a bag of shit, Zodiac Killer.
he's not necessarily wrong tbh. Countries around the world all should have 3 things on their radar for the coming century: climate change, artificial intelligence, and space. These three areas are going to define the next major developments for the human race, and dictate power structures into the future.
I think that focusing on the new space race over climate change is dumb. But space mining is going to be huge. I'm not fully educated on it but I've got a few friends learning about space law. Space will be the new frontier, and there's serious questions about how we're going to figure out property rights, whether private industry or governments will be leading the charge, and how these will affect the global economy. There are identified asteroids and other bodies that contain minerals aplenty that are extremely rare on earth. Potential to completely upend our material economy. Even materials that aren't that rare here are likely going to be mined from space. Afaik there's an identified asteroid out there that contains enough iron to supply the world for a few millennia.
Figuring out who gets rights out there and how we adjudicate any potential disputes is going to be massive. And part of that will be enforcement. So whatever nations get on the ball now with the future of the space economy will have a serious leg up. Space exploration research (as funded by the military here in the US) and engineering are going to be vitally important moving forward.
that said. climate change and artificial intelligence are a little more pressing. y'know. like existential threats to the survival of our species on a much faster time frame. nbd I guess.
I opened this thread expecting him to be going on about illegal aliens but that is so much on the nose that I dont even think Fox could spin it if they tried.
As much as it pains me to say it, that's wildly optimistic. Here in the US, funding for NASA has been slashed again and again and again. Almost every single presidency since Kennedy has promised a new program "in the next XX years," the program is immediately stopped by the next president, who near the end of their term promises a new program "in the next XX years," in an endless cycle. I think our last genuine shot at anything space-related is going to be the batshit private sector actors like SpaceX, Blue Origin, etc. NASA might as well be dead, especially after this presidency.
India is the only other country I'm aware of which has made strides recently, and their biggest claim to fame is launching a ton of garbage bullshit into LEO, which just makes future missions harder (see Kessler Syndrome) but by all accounts nobody running the show over there gives a fuck.
If space exploration and expansion is going to have any chance at success, India needs to get its shit together and private companies need not just green lights from their governments but probably funding and support as well.
Ok so when do we get arm cannons to fight the purple space dragon?
To be honest this is mostly a fantasy, we realistically have no reason to believe that there is going to be any "space commerce" going on in the foreseeable future, let alone space travel becoming cheap and common enough for it to be possible, let alone profitable, for "pirates" to interfere with it.
nah teddy that's what we have samus for
I think he's confusing reality with Star Citizen.
i dont disagree whatsoever that it's not going to be in the foreseeable future. but states and governments don't need to only plan for the foreseeable future. they need to plan further. that's why governments create contingency plans, and why governments fund theoretical research.
it's difficult because you need to expand your view from the immediate reality and recognize the future as a different reality. just because something is temporally far away doesn't mean it's a fantasy. see: climate change. states and corporate organizations extend through time, and they do everything in their power to protect themselves.
artificial intelligence is going to develop.
space will be mined and exploited for resources. the united states, china, russia, india, etc., or whatever governments succeed them, will have to deal with this issue. Might not be before 2100. But the rapid pace of development is only getting faster and more efficient.
Does he perhaps know something that we don't know?
ironically space is one of the few things that law will actually have adequate time to prepare for, in comparison to the evolution of technology (and artificial intelligence)
when your party is made up of the scientifically illiterate, the space-force makes perfect sense, everyone else just understands what a ridiculous waste of money it is given the many redundant space forces we currently have
It's an excuse to give money to weapons companies.
God damn space pirates stealing from honest to god hard working Americans.
Here's our tolerance policy for space pirates:
this sounds like yet another money laundering scheme
I mean, have you seen Ridley and his gang? They're brutal.
This is like that Friday the 13th movie where Jason Voorhees was in space.
Except this time it's the Zodiac Killer in space.
Even if we start mining space, I think it's more likely that pirates would wait for the materials to make it back to Earth before attempting to steal it.
What does he expect "space pirates" to do?
Say some random billionaire spends tons of money on RD to the point where they can send some people into space - Then what?
You're just gonna have someone hang out in LEO? What are they gonna do?
I don't understand any of the thought involved in this.
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