U.S. Naval Research Lab to experiment with the 2 SpaceX Starlink satellites; follows Iridium, L3 contracts

by Peter B. de Selding

ASPEN, Colorado – The U.S. Air Force’s $28.7-million contract with SpaceX to test different types of militarily useful broadband connectivity is the latest confirmation that many in the U.S. government believe SpaceX’s Starlink system is real.

It also hints at what several designers of low-orbit satellite broadband constellations hope will be a major U.S. military commitment, if not before deployment than at least soon after.

For SpaceX, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory will be using the company’s two Starlink demonstration satellites, which either by design or . . .

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