The idea of a Space Force & # 39; to form as a branch of the army is ridiculed in some circles, but for former Navy pilot and current NASA manager Jim Bridenstine it is obvious that America's enemies see space as a potentially devastating attack route. 19659002] His comments came during an extensive, exclusive interview with KRMG from his office in Washington, DC
[Hear the entire interview HERE, or use the embedded audio player below]
"Our way of living in this country depends on space, in a way that most Americans do not recognize," Bridenstine said. Friday. "And it is an existential threat, if we lose space, it would be an existential threat to our country."
He just tapped some of the many systems that rely heavily on a time signal from the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system.
"Every bank transaction in the United States depends on a time signal from GPS, which means that if we lose GPS, we lose banking in the United States of America, in other words, there will be no milk in the being a supermarket if we lose GPS.That GPS timing signal is not only necessary for bank transactions, it is also necessary to regulate the flow of electricity on the electricity grid, it is necessary to regulate the data flows on wireless networks and terrestrial networks. If we lose GPS, it is an existential threat to the United States of America. "
The enemies of our country have been trying to develop different methods to attack the US in space, he said, including jamming, spoofing, hacking and dazzling – all forms of attacks that are reasonably cheap and can be used against American assets in space.
"This is the most important thing to note," Bridenstine said. "They have stated that space is the Achilles heel of America, and we have to take note of that."
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Administrator Bridenstine also talked extensively about the many projects in which NASA is involved, including launching a probe in the direction of the sun, building a permanent base on the moon and of course sending people to Mars.
The Parker Solar Probe was launched last week and will be (by far) the fastest man-made object in history.
It will eventually reach speeds of about 430,000 miles per hour – about 1,700 times the speed of a bullet fired by a rifle.
His mission is to help scientists understand solar wind, solar flares and especially solar eruptions, which could potentially pose an extreme danger to our planet.
Another mission would be for the US to return to the moon, in a big way.
NASA wants to be permanently on the moon, a space station in orbit around it (called "The Gateway") and the ability to use what some believe can be worth trillions of dollars of "rare earth" metals that may be found on the surface of the moon.
That is not all; Bridenstine says NASA scientists discovered in 2009 that there are "hundreds of billions of tons of water ice at the poles of the moon, on the surface of the pollen of the moon."
"It is a resource that is available for us to use on the surface of the moon, so it is water to drink, it is air to breathe, but it is even more," he told KRMG. "When you (water) in its constituent parts, hydrogen and oxygen creaks, and you put it in liquid form, liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, that is the same propellant that powered the space shuttles."
Building a sustainable, reusable system of rockets, surface vehicles and tugboats between the earth and the moon, and between the moon and the Gateway, would also help NASA reach its next goal – Mars.
It's a lot to manage, but the enthusiasm and passion in Bridenstine's voice as he talks about what NASA has done – and intends to do – is palpable.
"Without a doubt, it is the best job I have ever had, and there is much more to do."