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Pentagon Eyes SpaceX ‘Quick Reaction Force’ – Intercept

 

The US military’s Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has been considering using rockets from Elon Musk’s SpaceX company as a quick way to deliver cargo – and possibly even a “quick reaction force” – to sites around the world in the event of emergencies that require urgent aid, according to a report by The Intercept.

A press statement by USTRANSCOM said that one day SpaceX’s massive Starship rocket could “quickly move critical logistics during time-sensitive contingencies” and “deliver humanitarian assistance,” the report said, adding that the Pentagon also “alluded to potentially shuttling personnel” via brief space jaunts, citing documents obtained under Freedom of Information requests.

Read the full report: The Intercept.

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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