The Next Space Age is Upon Us!

Posted on Friday, Aug 03, 2018

The idea of the ‘Space Force’ being a new branch of the military sounds so cool for people like me: space junkies.  Ever since I was a little kid, I have been intrigued with the idea of traveling through space and jumping from planet to planet. Too bad that is not what the proposed ‘Space Force’ would be doing. During my time in Washington, D.C. I have had the opportunity to attend multiple events with commercial space industry experts, government regulators and military leaders that have covered the future of civil, commercial, and military space exploration. It has been entertaining to keep up with the future of this emerging realm of the human experience, and I have come across several resources that have provided me a plentiful amount of information about current events in the realm of space policy, commercial space operations, NASA’s research interests, and the United States’ military interests in space:
 
  1. The Aerospace Corporation: The Aerospace Corporation is a non-profit organization that employs thousands of people around the country in fields related to aerospace technology development, intelligence, commercial space, and public policy. The Aerospace Corporation has worked with the federal government on several projects and (in many instances) has sent its employees to work in federal offices such as the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Director of National Intelligence. Their organization also regularly informs Congress on ways to improve the United States’ presence and international competitiveness in space.
 
  1. The Space Foundation: The Space Foundation is a non-profit run out of Colorado and Washington, D.C. in its government relations office. The Space Foundation creates educational programs to inspire the future leaders of space and regularly publishes news updates about things going on in the realm of space exploration and public policy. They also advocate for the importance of STEM education and teaching students about the significant role of space on human life.
 
  1. Spacepolicyonline.com: Spacepolicyonline.com is a website run by several space policy experts and provides up-to-date news on what is going across the United States related to civil, commercial, and military space operations. This website is updated regularly, and the content is written in a way that even the most unexperienced of readers can quickly comprehend policy strategies being followed by government agencies. This is definitely a webpage to add to your morning news brief when you get to the office in the morning if you want to learn more about space policy.
 
  1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): NASA is the federal agency that put the first humans on the moon and has forever served as a testament of what innovation and research can be conducted in a politics-free government agency. NASA has been less focused on human space exploration and more about researching and developing strategies for sending humans to space in the future and providing technological resources to commercial space companies. NASA’s website has an incredible amount of information and is the best place to start reading on what is currently going on in the federal government in terms of human space exploration and space policy.
 
The ‘Space Force’ might sound like it will be a group of soldiers jumping through space with laser weapons, but it is important to follow organizations like the ones I have listed above to keep up-to-date with the future of human space exploration.
 
Humanity has reached a new epoch in the realm of human space exploration and I am incredibly excited to see what commercial space giants SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and others have in store. I have always wanted to go to the Moon and it is looking like these companies are making it a possibility. Which planet will you venture to first? 
 
To Infinity and Beyond!

Michael Miguad
Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Land & Emergency Management
Washington, D.C. | summer 2018