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Inside SpaceX’s Lucrative New Government Satellite Program

By Becky Peterson &middot Dec. 9, 2022 6:00 AM PST

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Every two hours or so, a satellite that SpaceX built for the Department of Defense circles Earth. The exact purpose of the satellite isn’t clear: The project is confidential. But its significance for SpaceX, the rocket company founded and led by Elon Musk, is coming into focus. That satellite is part of Starshield, a business SpaceX unveiled publicly last week through which it will build…