The Pentagon taps Microsoft and Ball to pilot new military satellites

Tim Fernholz
The Pentagon taps Microsoft and Ball to pilot new military satellites

The US military is trying to solve a space problem: Its most valuable satellites are huge, unprotected, and everyone knows where they are. This allows more ambitious and useful constellations to be built on the cheap. From a military point of view, rivals might be able to attack or jam some of these satellites, but not take them all out of the equation.