Re: Doesn't inspire confidence....
That's how they get *built* not how they are managed and maintained once in orbit.
That comes down to exactly two agencies - NASA and [REDACTED] - the heads of which can be fired at any time for anything as massive a fuck-up as what happened to Galileo.
And the major U.S. DoD space contractors do back-channel with each other on certain things so it's not like they're out-of-the-loop if something goes awry.
I used to work for Raytheon and we'd regularly chat with our peers over in other defense companies, especially concerning satcoms issues. Nothing company-sensitive of course, but the channels are there to prevent things like this from happening to U.S.-based orbital assets.