KEY POINTS

  • The U.S. Space Force launches a recruitment campaign
  • Its first recruitment video was posted on Twitter
  • The video asks people to find purpose off the planet

The actual military branch has posted on Twitter its first recruitment video only a day after Netflix launched a video trailer for its Space Force upcoming comedy. The military recruitment video invites brave visionaries to find their purpose off the planet.

The U.S. Space Force recruiting video was posted on Twitter’s military branch account Wednesday (May 6). The video begins with a potential recruit looking up to the night sky, then goes on showing U.S. Space Force personnel in spacesuits, spaceflights, mission control rooms, and rocket launches. The Air Force's X-37B space plane, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, and even a deep-space vehicle appear in the video.

According to CNET, Barbara Barrett, the Secretary of the Air Force, said during a livestream Wednesday that, so far, the Space Force hasn’t encountered any problem with its recruitment process. According to Barrett, there are plenty of applicants for the new U.S. military branch.

This U.S. Space Force is the sixth branch of the U.S. This newest military branch was established in December 2019 with the purpose to oversee U.S. military operations in space. It was announced officially as part of the Department of the Air Force when President Donald Trump signed the 2020 National Defense Authorisation Act.

The Space Force is expected to become operational by mid-2021. According to a fact sheet, among its responsibilities will be maturing the space power military doctrine, acquiring and developing military space systems, and training military space professionals.

According to Space.com, the U.S. Space Force has been pretty active in recent months. Its officials unveiled a logo, launched a website, have planned a Russian anti-satellite test, began taking transfer applications from members of other military branches, and welcomed its first 86 U.S. Air Force Academy graduates. Among other assets in orbit, the Space Force has navigation, communication, and reconnaissance satellites.

The U.S. Space Force is just days away from launching its mysterious X-37B space plane on its next mission. The X-37B will be launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, lifting off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. This will be the sixth mission for the X-37B robotic vehicle.

Image courtesy US Air Force shows the new logo for the United States Space Force, founded 20 December 2019, which was revealed by US President Donald Trump on January 24, 2020 Image courtesy US Air Force shows the new logo for the United States Space Force, founded 20 December 2019, which was revealed by US President Donald Trump on January 24, 2020 Photo: US AIR FORCE / HO