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Seeking more space warriors to operate new satellites, the Navy has expanded the number of jobs in the space cadre, an assortment of specially trained engineers, operators and astronauts. And officials have a new, better way of measuring their level of experience, according to a new policy released April 23.
But what exactly is a “space war fighter,” you ask? Think less “Star Wars” and more mission control.
Space cadre members control the Navy’s tactical communications satellites, designed to relay voice and data around the world via ultra high frequency, as well as the Pentagon’s communications satellites. They’re rolling out the Mobile User Objective System, an array that will include four operational satellites an in-orbit spare; the first MUOS craft was launched in February 2012.
The cadre includes enlisted sailors, but they aren’t eligible for the space AQDs right now. DeJesus said a group of experts is “looking at that.”