Long confined mainly to the realm of technology and navigation payloads, hosted payload arrangements could soon become a commonplace solution to multiple requirements, U.S. government and industry officials say. The idea of government payloads piggybacking on commercial spacecraft has been around for a while. The concept has been used to deploy payloads for the U.S. Wide Area Augmentation System and Europe’s Egnos GPS augmentation network, for instance, and to demonstrate new Internet ...

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