Kay Sears of Lockheed Martin. Credit: Lockheed Martin

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Space-industry startups should start with a commercial business and then attack the government market rather than the other way round, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. National Geospatial-Image Agency (NGA) said.

The reason: While government contracts are tempting — particularly now, when the U.S. military space infrastructure looks set to be recapitalized — they force companies into a pattern of behavior that is ill-suited to the commercial market.

What’s more, the NGA and . . .

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