Pentagon ‘Orbital Outpost’ in the Works, Would Be Major Step for American Military in Space


The Defense Department contracted with a Nevada-based company earlier this month to develop a space outpost from which military research and operations could be run.

The move by the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit marks an important step as rival nations like China and Russia maneuver to militarize space.

The Sierra Nevada Corporation said in a news release it has been tasked with repurposing its Shooting Star transport vehicle into “essentially a scalable, autonomous space station for experiments and logistics demonstrations.”