Gen. John Hyten, who took over as commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command in August, outlines his vision for the service’s space operations during this candid on-one-one conversation with SpaceNews military space reporter Mike Gruss.


During this 36-minute video — which was recorded Dec. 16 at the Pentagon and is preceded by an introduction by Intelsat General President Kay Sears — Gen. Hyten discusses:

  • How Space Command will approach the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration
  • How the Air Force will move forward on a new rocket engine to replace the Russian-made RD-180
  • When the service will unveil its next-generation programs and capabilities
  • When status of SpaceX’s certification efforts
  • How he envisions the Defense Department managing satellite communication capabilities

This video presentation was made possible through support from Intelsat General Corporation.