SpaceX and US military seek possible partnership for rapid cargo transit

SpaceX and US military seek possible partnership for rapid cargo transit

  • The concept of transporting military resources in a rapid manner is being hashed out by US TRANSCOM and SpaceX.
  • Rocket deliveries will allow the military to move 80 tons of cargo globally in just an hour.
  • It will be used to deliver humanitarian assistance and critical logistics at the fastest possible time.

In a National Defense Transportation Meeting, Gen. Steven Lyons, the head of The United States Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), and other pentagon officials expressed excitement over the possibility of testing rocket-based deliveries of military resources with SpaceX.

Gen. Lyons said, “I’m really excited about the team that’s working with SpaceX on an opportunity, even perhaps in as early as ’21, to conduct a joint proof of principle.”

“Think about the speed associated with that, whether a small force element or other capability, so [we’re] thinking about movement–of transportation of cargo and people–and that speed associated with that,” he continued.

He added, “Then think about the ability to bypass what traditionally today becomes a real area of friction, which is traditional access basing and overflight–the diplomatic alignment that’s required to move very rapidly across the globe.”

According to Lyons, in just an hour, 80 tons of cargo will be moved globally by the military.

TRANSCOM issued a news release that stated that the swift transit would enable “critical logistics during time-sensitive contingencies or to deliver humanitarian assistance.”

According to the TRANSCOM’s spokesperson, the command and SpaceX are still talking over the details of the rapid delivery.

In a statement, TRANSCOM deputy commander, U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Dee Mewbourne said, “For the past 75 years or so, we have been constrained to around 40,000 feet altitude and 600 miles per hour in our very fastest method of logistics delivery—airlift.”

Mewbourne added, “It’s time to learn how our current strategies to project and sustain forces can evolve with a new mode of transportation.”

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and SpaceX national security space solutions director Gary Henry said that “We’re on the cusp of something changing” and that this concept is closer to reality than what one could think.

Source: New York Post

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