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Increased Military-Civilian cooperation on space programs.

by gps4us news 2012-02-10 18:35



Even though defense-related budgets are tightening, Richard McKinney, deputy undersecretary for space programs said in February that US Military continues its coopetation and international collaboration on space programs.

Five countries committed to paying for the fifth WGS (Wideband Global Satellite) satellite built by Boeing, and will be using the services it will provide.

However, currently up to 80 percent of military communications are provided by commercial companies.

While Pentagon’s 2013 budget reduces spending on space program to about $8 billion (a 22 percent cut), it is still planning to buy satellites.

$1.27 billion is allocated to GPS satellite navigation system, including two Lockheed Martin’s new GPS III satellites.

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