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Poll Results: Engineers say YES to Space Force

15/07/2019
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Last week we asked our readers to weigh in on an ambitious, yet controversial proposal put forward by President Donald Trump for the creation of a new US military branch dedicated to - in his words - “American dominance in space”.

We asked you: “Does the USA need a Space Force?” These are the results:

60% of responses to our poll were in favour of the USA having a Space Force

Engineering professionals were generally in favour of the Space Force, with 60% of our respondents saying “Yes - the future of national defense depends on a military branch dedicated to space activities”.

While wars in space have long been solely the realm of science-fiction, we are approaching a time when reality catches up. The US are not the only ones to be considering this, with both Russia and China dedicating military resources to space activity, including autonomous robots that can take information from satellites, and missiles that can reach and destroy satellites.

With satellites being increasingly vital for military activity, future warfare could indeed be massively impacted by activities taking place in space. Whether that comes in the form of new technologies developed by existing bodies like NASA, or a dedicated Space Force/Corps made up of “an elite group of war fighters specialising in the domain of space.”

A positive result for Space Force will usher in a new dawn of warfare
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That’s not to say that everybody is on board with the idea, with 40% of our respondents believing that a Space Force is “a waste of money and resources”.

Current estimates put the formation of Space Force at $3.6 billion over five years, followed by annual costs of $800 million in perpetuity - though other sources claim the cost could be as high as $13 billion.

Trump hopes to launch Space Force in 2020, but the proposal first has to be approved by the House of Representatives. Will they agree with EngineeringPro readers and vote in favour of Space Force? We’ll have to wait and see.

Do you agree with EngineeringPro readers? You can still have your say on Space Force in the comments.

This week we’re asking how the gender gap in engineering can be reduced.

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