LONDON—The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced a plan on July 18 to launch a small satellite constellation into low Earth orbit within a year and assign a Royal Air Force test pilot to the Virgin Orbit satellite launcher program. Both moves, announced at the Air and Space Power Conference by Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, are part of a broad plan to expand the country’s access in space, but they stop short of committing the UK to building a bespoke global navigation ...

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