Space

UK's New Space Command Chief Announced

Air Commodore Paul Godfrey will take the reins and will be promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal, the RAF says.

The first commander of the UK's new Space Command has been named as Air Commodore Paul Godfrey.

He will be promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal, the Royal Air Force (RAF) says.

Air Commodore Godfrey joined the RAF in 1991 and has been a fighter pilot most of his career, in addition to RAF Lossiemouth Station Commander.

Most recently, he took responsibility for planning and employing coalition air and space power across the Middle East within the US Air Force Combined Air and Space Operations Centre.

Space Command will be a Joint Command based at RAF High Wycombe and staffed by personnel from all three services of the UK military, as well as representatives from the civil service and the commercial sector.

Space operations, space workforce generation and space capability will be brought together under a single 2-Star military commander.

Space Command, along with the Space Directorate, will work closely with Strategic Command to ensure they can deliver capabilities defence "needs to operate and fight" in the information age, the RAF says.

Air Commodore Paul Godfrey joined the RAF in 1991 and has been a fighter pilot most of his career (Picture: RAF).

Some of the capabilities to be developed in the space domain include satellite communications, position, navigation and timing, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.

Air Commodore Godfrey said: "I am incredibly honoured to be selected to lead the new joint Space Command.

"Having just returned from a role embedded with the United States military, where I was privileged to be able to plan and direct air and space power in support of coalition operations, I have seen first-hand how critical the space domain is and how it underpins not only military operations but broader everyday activities."

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, said: "This Government's determination to establish UK Space Command is a huge step forward because Space is fundamental to our national security and to our way of life.

"UK Space Command will protect and promote the United Kingdom's interests in space, working with like-minded allies around the world for the benefit of all."

According to the RAF, it is thought that Space Command will interact with the UK Space Agency "as required".

Cover image: RAF.