SpaceNews in Conversation with
U.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command
45th Space Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Doug Schiess
and 45th Operations Group Detachment 3 Commander Lt. Col. Michael Thompson

Monday, June 1
2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
via Zoom

With the successful launch and docking of NASA and SpaceX’s historic Demo-2 mission, SpaceNews talks with the Space Force brass supporting this and future commercial crew missions.

Maj. Gen. John Shaw and Brig. Gen. Doug Schiess join SpaceNews Staff Writer Sandra Erwin and Editor-in-Chief Brian Berger for a broad-based discussion on Space Force operations, including the U.S. military’s role in rescuing astronauts.

Shaw and Schiess were joined by the 45th Operations Group’s Detachment 3 commander, Lt. Col. Michael Thompson, to talk about how the military revived and trained for the astronaut-rescue role it has performed since the Apollo era.

Astronaut rescue is a small but important part of Maj. Gen. Shaw’s duties as the head of the U.S. Space Command’s Combined Force Space Component, which plans and executes day-to-day military space operations and has tactical control of American and multinational space forces during a conflict. 

Shaw, as a dual-hatted general, also leads the U.S. Space Force’s Space Operations Command, responsible for organizing, training and equipping the space forces that fly the U.S. military’s satellites, launches its rockets, stands sentinel over the orbital commons, and supports American and allied combat operations. 

Shaw also addressEd how the ongoing standup of the U.S. Space Force is bringing greater focus to the role space plays in all military operations and what’s at stake in defending the ultimate high ground. 

Among the questions we will explore during this free-to-attend webinar:

  • How has the U.S. military’s astronaut-rescue mission changed with NASA now relying on privately owned-and-operated crewed spacecraft?
  • What capabilities will the U.S. Space Force need going forward to support growing demands and challenges in space?
  • How has training for space missions been affected by COVID-19 and what impact has that had on the readiness of space forces?


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