Satellites, SpaceX | Sources: SpaceX is building a satellite network for US intelligence

Satellites, SpaceX |  Sources: SpaceX is building a satellite network for US intelligence

The US Department of Defence, the Pentagon, has reportedly entered into close cooperation with billionaire Elon Musk and his aerospace company SpaceX. Reuters Saturday.

Sources told the news agency that SpaceX is building a network of hundreds of surveillance satellites on a US intelligence mission.

Five sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that SpaceX's Starshield subsidiary concluded a secret contract with the US intelligence service's National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in 2021. It is a security service that manages and monitors surveillance satellites.

The value of the contract is $1.8 billion.

If the information is true, it shows the extent of SpaceX's involvement in US intelligence and military projects, Reuters writes.

It also shows the extent of the Pentagon's investment in large-scale satellite systems that will orbit close to Earth to support ground forces, according to Reuters.

The sources told the news agency that if the project succeeds, the satellite program will contribute to enabling US authorities and the military to detect potential targets in almost all parts of the world more quickly.

Neither SpaceX nor the US Department of Defense wanted to comment on this information.

Friday the newspaper wrote The Wall Street Journal That Starship had entered into a secret $1.8 billion contract with an unnamed US intelligence agency.

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