Industry Says ‘Meh’ To DoD Cislunar Space Push

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By THERESA HITCHENS on August 28, 2020

At the moment, industry sources say, there is no money to be had for developing systems for DoD’s cislunar operations.

WASHINGTON: The possibility of future military activity around the Moon is en vogue in the national security space community, with a plethora of seminars featuring senior Space Force, Air Force and DoD officials musing on the likely need for the US counter China in deep space.

John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab is even planning the first of what its website says will be an annual  classified Cislunar Security Space Conference on Oct. 27-29.

But the mainstream space industry — not counting the ‘New Space’ crowd and its deep-pocketed venture capitalist backers — has yet to be convinced. At the moment, industry sources say, there is no money to be had in developing systems for DoD cislunar operations.

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https://breakingdefense.com/2020/08/industry-says-meh-to-dod-cislunar-space-push/

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