Webinar | Maj. Gen. John Shaw talks with SpaceNews about defending the ultimate high ground (and rescuing astronauts)

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SpaceNews in Conversation with
MAJ. GEN. JOHN SHAW
U.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command
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Thursday, May 28
2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
via Zoom


As NASA prepares to launch astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle retired in 2011, the U.S. military is reviving the astronaut-rescue role it has been performing since the Apollo era.

Join us the day after NASA’s Demo-2 commercial crew mission, scheduled to launch May 27, for a SpaceNews Live discussion with Maj. Gen. John Shaw, the two-star general responsible for ensuring the renowned 45th Operations Group’s Detachment 3 team is ready at a moment’s notice to lead astronaut-recovery operations. 

Astronaut rescue is a small but important part of Maj. Gen. Shaw’s duties as the head of the U.S. Space Command’s Combined Force Space Component, which plans and executes day-to-day military space operations and has tactical control of American and multinational space forces during a conflict. 

Shaw, as a dual-hatted general, also leads the U.S. Space Force’s Space Operations Command, responsible for organizing, training and equipping the space forces that fly the U.S. military’s satellites, launches its rockets, stands sentinel over the orbital commons, and supports American and allied combat operations. 

SpaceNews Staff Writer Sandra Erwin and Editor-in-Chief Brian Berger will talk with Maj. Gen. Shaw the day after the Demo-2 launch about Task Force 45’s training and preparation for NASA and SpaceX’s historic commercial crew mission.

Shaw will also address how the ongoing standup of the U.S. Space Force is bringing greater focus to the role space plays in all military operations and what’s at stake in defending the ultimate high ground. 

Among the questions we will explore during this free-to-attend webinar:

  • How has the U.S. military’s astronaut-rescue mission changed with NASA now relying on privately owned-and-operated crewed spacecraft?
  • What capabilities will the U.S. Space Force need going forward to support growing demands and challenges in space?
  • How has training for space missions been affected by COVID-19 and what impact has that had on the readiness of space forces?

*** Please note that the date of this webinar is contingent on the launch of NASA and SpaceX’s Demo-2 commercial crew mission. If Demo-2 slips, this webinar will be rescheduled with the intent of having Maj. Gen. Shaw join us within a few days of the launch. Your registration now will preserve your spot should we need to reschedule.


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