10 février 2024 | International, Aérospatial

Space Force may launch GPS demonstration satellites to test new tech

The service is also conducting market research to refine its concept for a constellation of GPS demonstration satellites.

https://www.defensenews.com/battlefield-tech/space/2024/02/09/space-force-may-launch-gps-demonstration-satellites-to-test-new-tech/

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