The Coast Guard is partnering with the Department of Homeland Security and SpaceX to launch two cube satellites into space.
Access to space through satellite technology and enhanced communications would help the Coast Guard execute its mission, according to Michael Sinclair, Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution who is writing about the Coast Guard and space.
“Most people don’t have a really good understanding of the scope of responsibility that the Coast Guard has,” Sinclair said. “The Coast Guard has a long history of relying on space-based technologies to help execute its mission.”
The Coast Guard’s 11 statutory missions cover a broad array of activities within maritime government, including anything that occurs aboard a vessel, or in waters, in which the United States can exert jurisdiction. Some of these areas include drug interdiction, search and rescue, marine safety, defense readiness – and space.
Sinclair also touched on how the Coast Guard, as part of the Joint Force, can assist the Space Force in executing its responsibilities. “Having a new armed force does provide some opportunities to further reiterate the Coast Guard’s role within the Joint Force,” he said.