The US Space Force, created two years ago, is developing its research and development community through partnership agreements with certain American institutions. As a result of the latest Veterans Day Memorandum of Understanding with the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, the Space Force’s academic partner cadre now has 11 universities.
The Space Force Academic Partnership Program includes:
- Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech),
- Howard University,
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
- North Carolina State Agricultural and Technical University,
- Purdue University,
- University of Colorado at Boulder,
- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs,
- University of North Dakota,
- University of Southern California,
- University of Texas at Austin, and
- University of Texas at El Paso.
USAF Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno, US Space Force Chief of Staff, applauded the last participant in the program. “At the heart of the Space Force Academic Partnership Program is the need to advance our science and technology to build the next generation of space capabilities, while developing the workforce of the future,” he said. she said during the signing ceremony at Georgia Tech. “With its reputation as a leader in cutting-edge aerospace research, we are confident that Georgia Tech will be an exceptional partner. “
Georgia Tech is already pursuing significant hypersonic research through the Academic Consortium for Applied Hypersonics, a program funded by the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office and the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. With the addition of the Space Force partnership, the university is committed to contributing to technological advances in the service.
“We look forward to a strong engagement with the Space Force, where we collaborate in the creation of new technologies that support national security and provide training opportunities for tutors and officials to continue their professional development,” said Mark Costello, Professor William RT Oakes and President of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech.
The service works with schools to define the specific details of the implementation with the aim of meeting the four main priorities of the program:
- Create opportunities for world-class research, advanced university degrees, and workforce and leadership development for USSF tutors;
- Identify and pursue research areas of mutual interest with member universities, individually and collectively;
- Establish scholarship, internship and mentoring opportunities for university students and ROTC cadets; and
- Recruit and develop a variety of officers, enlisted men, and civilian tutors with a special focus on science, technology, engineering, and math.
According to Space Force, universities were selected to participate in the program based on four criteria: the quality of STEM degree offerings and space-related laboratories and research initiatives; the strength of their Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC program; their diverse student body; and diplomas and programs designed to help military members, veterans and their families pursue higher education.
This summer, the service announced the University Partnership Program, during a partnership signing event on August 9 at the University of North Dakota in the presence of the Chief of Space Operations, General Jay Raymond, USSF, and the president of the university, Andy Armacost.
“The Space Force faces some of the most difficult challenges in engineering, science and technology,” General Raymond said in August. “Space is hard. We need the brightest minds in our country to help us solve these problems. That’s why we created the University Partnership Program to harness innovation in universities across our country.