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USTRANSCOM Eyes Study on Space-Based Global Logistics Ops; Gen. Stephen Lyons Quoted

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Gen. Stephen Lyons
Gen. Stephen Lyons Commander US Transportation Command

U.S. Transportation Command plans to start evaluating the feasibility of integrating space-based transport into logistics operations next year ahead of a point-to-point proof of concept exercise with industry and Department of Defense partners.

USTRANSCOM is looking to address its doctrinal, statutory, diplomatic and organizational matters in its efforts to deploy commercial space launches for point-to-point logistics operations, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)  said Thursday.

Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, USTRANSCOM, said at an Airlift/Tanker Association conference that a proof of concept in 2021 to use space technologies for global logistics and humanitarian assistance operations is “well within the realm of possibility.”

In March, SpaceX entered into a two-year cooperative research and development agreement with USTRANSCOM to asses commercial launch capabilities for the transport of DoD personnel and materiel.