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SpaceWERX Program Launched to Foster Space Force Innovation; Barbara Barrett Quoted

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Barbara Barrett
Barbara Barrett USAF Secretary

The U.S. Space Force now has its own innovation program that would engage in new space technology development, similarly to the U.S. Air Force's AFWERX. The SpaceWERX program will operate as a space-focused arm of AFWERX, now part of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFRL said Monday.

AFWERX announced SpaceWERX's creation at the Accelerate event that commenced on the same day.

“As we approach the first anniversary of our newest Service, the United States Space Force, we also celebrate the opening of the first space-focused innovation hub at Los Angeles Air Force Base,” said Barbara Barrett, secretary of the Air Force.

The new innovation program will work alongside operators and procurement officers from Space and Missile Systems Center to identify innovative technologies that support space national security.