In episode 60 if the Aerospace Advantage Podcast, Gaining the Edge in Space Maneuver Warfare, host John “Slick” Baum is joined by Mitchell Institute Senior Fellow Chris Stone, Dr. Ron Faibish of General Atomics EMS, Maj Nathan Greiner of DARPA, and Space Force Weapons Officer Lt Col Brandon Davenport to discuss what it will mean to successfully engage in space given current and future threats. A key technology required to facilitate this future vision is space nuclear thermal propulsion (SNTP). This may sound like science fiction, but it’s important to recognize that America’s national security space enterprise is at an inflection point. Our force design and satellite architectures are increasingly vulnerable to attack given adversary anti-satellite weapons. Ensuring space-based missions can continue to execute in spite of these attacks demands that we be able to maneuver satellites for both defensive and offensive purposes. Making that happen requires new forms of power, including SNTP.
You can find Chris Stone’s full report on SNTP here.
Host: Lt Col (Ret.) John “Slick” Baum, Senior Fellow, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
Producer: Daniel C. Rice
Executive Producer: Douglas Birkey
Guest: Chris Stone, Senior Fellow, The Mitchell Institute Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence
Guest: Dr. Ron Faibish, Senior Director of Strategic Development, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group
Guest: Lt Col Brandon “Coach” Davenport, Former Commander of 2nd Space Warning Squadron and Space Force Space Weapons Officer, US Space Force
Guest: Maj Nathan Greiner, Program Manager of Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO), DARPA