Betty Sapp, the director of the National Reconnaissance Office, said her agency had purchased launches from rocket maker SpaceX. Credit: David Aleman
A SpaceX Falcon 9 launching a Dragon capsule to the ISS in April 2016. Credit: SpaceX
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James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, urged the government to use caution before relying too heavily on new commercial satellite imagery companies.
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Robert Cardillo, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, said the agency is opening a new office in Silicon Valley.
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DMSP satellite. Credit: U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin artist's concept
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Lockheed Martin’s full-sized, functional GPS 3 satellite prototype. Credit: Lockheed Martin
The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) worked into the middle of the night before approving the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which sets policy and spending guidance for the entire U.S. Defense Department. Credit: HASC video screen grab
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Navy Vice Adm. James Syring, the MDA’s director, said the organization hopes to draft a preliminary RKV design, one that cobbles together the best ideas from three concepts submitted by industry, by the end of the year. Credit: C. Shamwell

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