NRO, after several years of testing, to start launches of a large constellation of low-orbit satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), in a policy modification that has been years in the making, will in May will start launching a constellation of small satellites in low Earth orbit to increase rates of revisit over areas of interest and speed data delivery.

The program is expected to require perhaps a half-dozen launches this year, and to continue through 2028, NRO Principal Deputy Director Troy E. Meink said.

In an address April to the 39th Space Symposium, organized by the . . .

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