5 décembre 2022 | International, Sécurité

SpaceX forms ‘Starshield’ business unit to focus on national security

Details on Starshield are light, but the company says the new unit will initially focus on Earth observation and communication capabilities.

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/space/2022/12/05/spacex-forms-starshield-business-unit-to-focus-on-national-security/

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