Re: NASA msg about TLE release &

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Thu, 02 Jul 1998 01:42:43 -0400

This is regarding Jeff Barker's note about US Space Command, NORAD, 
and USAF Space Command.

For what it may be worth, according to a news release USSPACECOM has 
published, Gen. Estes is to be succeeded by Gen. Richard B. Myers at 
an as-yet undetermined date:

   http://www.spacecom.af.mil/usspace/new19-98.htm

USSPACECOM's home page is:

   http://www.spacecom.af.mil/usspace/index.htm

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has its own home 
page:                 ^^^^^^^^^

   http://www.spacecom.af.mil/norad/index.htm

However, according to this fact sheet:

   http://www.spacecom.af.mil/21sw/21SWPages/FactSheets/21netpag.htm

it is the 21st Space Wing that "detects, tracks, and catalogs more
than 9,500 manmade objects in space...."  Another item, the "Space
Observer" (June 26, 1998) -- http://www.spaceobserver.com/ -- says 
that Brig. Gen. Mike Drennan is the new commander of the 21st Space 
Wing.  So there some significant personnel changes have been 
occurring in Colorado....

In any case, I tend to agree with those who advise a "lie low" or 
"keep a low profile" stance in order not to cause an over-reaction.  
If anyone writes to them, it should be a calm and reasonable note 
at most.

Ed Cannon -- ecannon@mail.utexas.edu -- Austin, Texas, USA

http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Jul-1998/0016.html

> Re: NASA msg about TLE release
> 
> JBARKER@arinc.com
> Wed, 01 Jul 1998 23:16 -0500
> 
>      A key distinction here is that the request not to implement the policy
>      came from the US Air Force.  The US Space Command is a unified command
>      under the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The US Space Command staff comes
>      from all the US miitary services.  It is not an Air Force Command.
       <....>