Trump’s “Moonraker Tech”
I remember the first time I saw a U.S. Patriot missile strike an Iraqi Scud.
Night vision cameras filmed the action. And the world watched as a bright white-green trail of smoke from the incoming Scud streaked over the city of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Less than a second later, another bright white-green streak of smoke and fire flashed across the sky, hurtling toward the Scud.
There was a large explosion in the sky above the city. Sirens wailed. Emergency lights flashed across the screen. ABC’s Peter Jennings stoically explained the events that were unfolding before our eyes.
Operation Desert Storm, the U.S.’ war with Iraq, had begun.
The First Truly Modernized War
It was fascinating in a way. For the first time ever, we were watching an armed conflict in real-time, live on TV.
It was chilling because this was a real war, where real people were fighting and dying.
I have a lot of friends who have served or still serve in the military. Some of them are already in Dubai this morning… Where they are heading from there is anyone’s guess. The stories I have heard would blow your mind.
I won’t dare make light of any armed conflict. But I will talk about how warfare has changed.
Unmanned drone strikes, one-button launch systems, smart armor and all the advanced automated systems that back up this tech have changed the very nature of warfare.
Fifty years ago wars were won with the brute force of soldiers on the ground, outnumbering and outmaneuvering the enemy.
Today, targeted drone and missile strikes have increased the effectiveness of attacks while reducing a lot of collateral damage.
That said, war is still hell, make no joke about it. The potential for an armed conflict with Iran is very real and very concerning.
But as I unravel the events that have recently unfolded, I can’t help but think this is all part of Trump’s master plan to get his Space Force up and running.
The 45th Space Wing’s Inaugural Launch
Yesterday in Cape Canaveral, Florida, a SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off in a record-setting flight.
The mission, supported by the new 45th Space Wing of Trump’s newly created Space Force, launched 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit.
The Starlink project is SpaceX’s vision for a fully functional, low-Earth orbit, super-low latency communication network.
“The 45th Space Wing, headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, oversees the preparation and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral and operates the Eastern Range,” reports SpaceNews.
The flight was record setting because SpaceX has now used the same lightly refurbished booster for four different missions. Something previously thought impossible.
The stated goal of the mission and SpaceX’s Starlink satellites is to provide internet access to users in the most remote locations (as well as the rest of us).
But with the involvement of the 45th Space Wing of Trump’s new Space Force, one can’t help but wonder if this mission is more military than meets the eye.
Given the looming conflict with Iran and how vulnerable our infrastructure is, it would make sense for Trump to want to rush forward with a new communication network that would give us a big edge in a conflict.
I think behind closed doors, most stakeholders at SpaceX and in the U.S. government know that regardless of public perception, these launches are military operations first, with everything else coming second.
It’s all strangely reminiscent of the James Bond movie Moonraker…
Of course I’ll have more on this soon… including my take on the potential for new “Moonraker Tech” opportunities.
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