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[–] [email protected] 58 points 3 months ago (3 children)

Just imagine highly classified intelligence information in the hands of dangerous people like Moron Musk

[–] [email protected] 29 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Just imagine the US goes to war and Elon shuts them off because some foreign leader strokes his (let's say) ego.

[–] [email protected] 11 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Starsheild is just a satellite bus, which is just sorta like the central building block for satellites. It handles communication, navigation, etc. The government will likely be in total control of the system once it's deployed.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 3 months ago

Communication is kinda important.

[–] [email protected] 10 points 3 months ago

Probably a lot from star link business but separately, launching a government satellite does not give you continued access to that satellite's business.

[–] [email protected] -2 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago) (1 children)

Oh don't worry, they're not giving him the real spy satellite optics for these flying digital cameras. A low orbit trash satellite cluster that will waste itself in no time is just a nice thing for the DoD to shovel money into.

Each keyhole satellite, by comparison, costs $1 billion.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

They are just finally moving on from getting fleeced by the traditional massive defense contractors. Starlink satellites are an extremely cool piece of engineering, and spaceX is one of the most impressive engineering companies in the world. I'm sure these spy sats they are making are fairly advanced

[–] [email protected] 14 points 3 months ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (1 children)
[–] [email protected] 13 points 3 months ago (1 children)

See Wendover Productions' most recent video, "The Increasing Reality of War in Space" (from around 7:54); they talk about SpaceX launching unknown satellites and not reporting it either.

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[–] [email protected] 1 points 3 months ago

Fear the sky.