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DARPA envisions recycling defunct satellites


Posted on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 | Comment icon 1 comment


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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

Department of Defense is working on a robot that will recycle usable parts of defunct satellites.

There are a substantial number of defunct satellites in orbit and most of them have at least some parts that could be salvaged and re-used, DARPA are hoping to develop a means through which these parts can be either recovered or transferred.

"Our growing space junk problem could become an orbiting spare satellite parts sale if DARPA has its way."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Kludge808 on 1 November, 2011, 22:46
Well, let's see. Last week, we had NASA putting filling stations in orbit. This week, DARPA wants to recycle old satellite bits to save launch expenses. Sooo ... we take the money saved in payload for the satellites and use it to put fuel tanks in orbit so the orbital robot can keep running and I guess fuel/refuel the new satellites while it's at it. Actually, I kind of like the idea of an orbital service robot or two upgrading, repairing or whatevering what's in orbit already *plus* being able to deorbit what's not salvagable in a controlled manner so it lands somewhere "safe" or heads out in... [More]




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