The U.S. Space Force is planning to launch more low-Earth orbit satellite programs and unveil an official name for its personnel ahead of the service branch’s first anniversary in December 2020.
Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, the deputy chief of space operations, said at an Air Force Association event that the Space Force is looking to “leverage more of the commercial sector” in satellite communications programs including securing the data transmitted through satcom networks, SpaceNews reported Friday.
He added that Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, intends to announce his long-term plans for the Space Force soon.
“General Raymond is laying out a plan now for his remaining time as the chief of space operations,” said Saltzman. “The first birthday is going to be a big deal.”