If fighter pilots are the rock stars of the Air Force, it could be said that software coders and app developers are the fighter jocks of the Space Force.
“Software touches everything we do in the Space Force,” said 1st Lt. Jackie Smith, who runs a Space Force software boot camp whose graduates are known as the “supra coders.”
Smith, an Air Force officer and software specialist who soon will be transferring to the Space Force, said 28 military and civilian personnel graduated from the first boot camp held in January.
The 28 were selected from among more than 300 candidates. The program is highly selective, Smith told SpaceNews. She noted that the name supra coders is in homage to the service’s motto Semper Supra, or always above.
The coding boot camps will become regular events as the Space Force looks to build a cadre of 400 software coders who will be assigned to units around the world that perform duties like space traffic control, satellite operations and space data analysis.
Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond in a commander’s guidance document released in November calls for a digitally minded force that uses technology in innovative ways. The Space Force was established in December