News reports have surfaced that Elon Musk’s SpaceX is quietly developing a massive network of spy satellites for the United States government.

According to Reuters, a classified $1.8 billion contract with the National Reconnaissance Office involves hundreds of satellites with “Earth-imaging capabilities.”

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The report didn’t say when the network will be operational or what other companies are involved. It does mention that a US database of space objects lists satellites deployed by SpaceX that the company and government have not acknowledged and cites sources confirming those objects as Starshield prototypes.

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