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Space Force Created an “Orbital Warfare” Unit, and It Has Its Own Spaceship

byJon Christian
11. 6. 20
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It's not exactly a TIE fighter, but it's currently the Space Force's closest thing to a space combat vehicle.

Orbital Combat

Space Force is slowly spinning up.

Military.com reports that the newest U.S. military branch, established in late 2019, has now created a unit dedicated to “orbital warfare” — and while it’s by no means ready for dogfights in the vacuum of space, the unit has even been assigned an experimental spaceship.

X-37B

It’s not exactly a TIE fighter or X-Wing from the “Star Wars” franchise, but The Drive reported last week that the Space Force is now in charge of the experimental X-37B spacecraft.

The X-37B, previously under the control of the Air Force, is a secretive uncrewed spaceplane that’s been flying space missions since 2010. There’s even been speculation that it may have already carried or even tested weapon systems into orbit.

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It’ll most likely be a long time before we see anything approaching sci-fi space combat — and even then, they’ll probably be extremely slow paced.

But the U.S. military’s push to use orbit as a warfighting domain — alongside other world powers including India, Russia, and France — is both an inexorable slog toward that reality and an ominous repudiation of the tradition of space as a peaceful scientific zone.

READ MORE: The Space Force Is Now in Charge of the Secret X-37B Space Plane [Military.com]

More on Space Force: NASA Astronaut to Be Sworn Into Space Force in Ceremony Aboard Space Station

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