Live coverage: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the 34th annual Space Symposium

The Gazette Updated: April 16, 2018 at 12:46 pm • Published: April 16, 2018 0

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President Donald Trump created a buzz before this week's Space Symposium by lending his support to the idea of a separate military branch for satellite troops.

But as thousands of experts in all things in orbit make their way to Colorado Springs for the nation's largest space gathering, some early supporters of that idea, including Colorado Springs Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, are beginning to slowly back away from a real-life version of the fictional Star Fleet.

"Things are still being studied intensively," said Lamborn, who last year joined Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers to champion "space corps" - think of Marines in orbit.

Click here to see video from VP Mike Pence's speech at the Space Symposium.

While Congress stopped short of breaking off satellites from the rest of the military in 2017, the idea remains in play.

The Space Symposium, in its 34th year in Colorado Springs, is expected to draw more than 14,000 participants including some who could sway the space force plan one way or another. That smaller group includes Vice President Mike Pence who will deliver what's billed as a policy speech to the symposium at around noon Monday.

Many insiders will be looking to see how closely Pence follows his boss.

Last month, Trump told a group of Marines in California that he's considering the plan.

"Space is a warfighting domain just like the land, air and sea," Trump told the Marines. "We may even have a space force ... we have the Air Force, maybe we'll have a space force."

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