Though Europe trails in most aspects of military space, it is pioneering in one important area--privately funded secure satellite communications. However, the jury is still out on the ultimate success of this strategy, intended to help meet voracious bandwidth demand. The U.S., which accounts for the lion's share of this demand, has joined in one of the initiatives, XTAR-EUR, launched early last year to serve Spanish, U.S. and allied governments. The spacecraft was funded by XTAR, a ...

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