On October 28, local time, the US Space Force announced that the US Space Force will soon have its first astronaut, and he will be sworn in to join the Space Force on the International Space Station.
According to US Space News on October 28, NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins will take an oath on the International Space Station next month to transfer from the US Air Force to the US Space Force.
The four American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and the astronaut Satoshi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will take the manned version developed by SpaceX on November 14 The “Dragon” spacecraft headed to the International Space Station. Space News quoted the US Space Commander John Raymond as saying: “If all goes well,
we want Hopkins to swear to join the US Space Force on the International Space Station.”
According to reports, the US Space Force is currently discussing arrangements for the oath ceremony with NASA. Hopkins will become the first NASA astronaut to serve in the US Space Force.
On December 20, 2019, US President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020. The bill recognizes space as the “field of warfare” and approves the establishment of the sixth largest U.S. service, the Space Force. This is another important development since Trump announced the establishment of the US Space Command in August last year.
Many experts believe that the United States is advancing on the road to militarization of space. According to the plan of the US Space Force Command, in the future, the space force can attack ground and network targets when necessary.
Earlier this year, Secretary of the Air Force Barrett stated that the Space Force currently includes 16,000 military and civilian personnel, all from the former Air Force Space Command. According to reports, the U.S. Space Force received 40 million U.S. dollars in the first year of funding.