Vice President to Visit Vandenberg on Wednesday
By edhat staff
Vice President Mike Pence will visit Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday to discuss space launch activities.
Pence is schedued to meet with senior officials on space traffic management, Western Range launch operations, and ongoing efforts to establish a U.S. Space Force, reports Space News.
“The vice president will address service members at Vandenberg, thank them for their service and dedication to space, and discuss the Trump administration’s efforts to modernize our nation’s space infrastructure and create the sixth branch of the armed forces, the United States Space Force,” the White House official said to Space News.
Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) headquarters the 30th Space Wing which manages Department of Defense space and missile testing, as well as satellite launches into polar orbit from the West Coast. VAFB also houses the Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) where Air Force and allied space operators track all space activities and support military operations around the world. CSpOC is slated to be one of two command centers for the U.S. Space Command.
Pence is scheduled to hear about ongoing efforts to transition the civilian space traffic management mission from the Air Force to the Department of Commerce while Vandenberg is investing in range infrastructure to attract commercial companies, reports Space News.