War in space: U.S. officials debating rules for a conflict in orbit

March 09, 2023

"First, commercial companies are thinking very clearly and carefully about, can we be involved? He said the Space Force would like to get to the point where "we're constantly launching, and there's a schedule. For its next round of national security launch contracts, the Space Force has proposed an approach specifically designed to help small launch companies compete. At some point, Purdy said, he saw a future where there are propellant depots in space, tugs that can move damaged satellites, junkyards and manufacturing in space on commercial space stations. Last year, the Space Force launched a program called Orbital Prime that would give companies seed money to develop the technology needed to clean up space.