US Transportation Command Studying SpaceX Starships Anywhere in an Hour Capability

U.S. Transportation Command has signed an agreement with SpaceX and Exploration Architecture Corporation (XArc) to study the use of SpaceX Starships to transport supplies in an emergency.

Army Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, described the vision of moving a C-17 payload anywhere on the globe in less than an hour using SpaceX rockets.

Cooperative research and development agreements (CRADA) have the companies volunteer time and resources to help the government study use cases.

One of the scenarios would be to establish a space transportation surge capability. Currently regular commercial passenger jets are part of a Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) emergency preparedness program where civilian airlines commit to augmenting DoD airlift capability during emergencies.

The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) is one of eleven unified combatant commands of the United States Department of Defense. USTRANSCOM coordinates missions worldwide using both military and commercial transportation resources.

It is composed of three service component commands:
The Air Force’s Air Mobility Command,
the Navy’s Military Sealift Command and
the Army’s Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.

The Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, which was part of the former U.S. Joint Forces Command, is now part of the U.S. Transportation Command.

SOURCES – SpaceX, Spacenews
Written by Brian Wang,