Here's DARPA starting an app store for the military - interestingly, they've settled on Android as the standard operating system, just like major Chinese mobile device vendors have (it's cheap and highly open). I think I said something in Charlie Stross's comments about putting a drone app on your iPhone.
Really interestingly, they've drawn the obvious conclusion - if you're going to use smartphone-like devices based on civilian high technology, you'll need a cellular radio network for them, and as a result, DARPA is also tendering for lightweight, rugged portable GSM/UMTS equipment. Both this lot and the OpenBTS people will be interested. (This post refers, slightly, as does this Bruce Sterling screed.)
Meanwhile, this is interesting:
Its apparent success has prompted some to wonder if the model can be extended to other areas of British space activity.
A recent report prepared jointly by industry, government, and academia said a PFI could be used to develop a national Earth observation programme. The idea has already been dubbed "Skysight".