House Votes to Establish Space Corps Within Air Force

SpaceNews reports the House Armed Services Committee has voted in a favor of establishing a United States Space Corps within the Air Force.

The proposal is similar to what the committee proposed in the 2018 NDAA, including the name of the new space service, U.S. Space Corps, rather than the Trump administration’s preferred name, U.S. Space Force.

Like the Marine Corps, the Space Corps would be led by a four-star Commandant who would be a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The HASC amendment will have to be reconciled with the language in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2020 NDAA, which authorizes a U.S. Space Force led by a four-star Commander.

The Space Corps will have personnel and assets transferred by the Air Force but may not include the personnel or assets of the National Reconnaissance Office or the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The House and Senate measures fall short of the Trump Administration’s goal of establishing a Space Force as a sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Services.