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DoD, NASA Sign Agreement to Push Space Collaboration

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The Department of Defense and NASA have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further advance collaboration in space, DoD News reported Tuesday.

The MOU was announced Tuesday by Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and a fellow Wash100 Award winner. 

NASA and DoD through the Space Force will facilitate partnerships in human spaceflight, space transportation, space policy and development of best practices and standards for safe operations in space.

Other areas of collaboration are deep space survey and tracking technologies, launch support, space logistical supply and support, interoperable spacecraft communications networks and development of a talent pool of space professionals, according to the document.

Raymond said the service will defend GPS, communications, weather and missile warning satellites, the International Space Station and other assets in space that are key to the operations of the joint force.