Space & Astronomy
DARPA envisions recycling defunct satellites
By T.K. Randall
November 1, 2011 · 1 comment
Image Credit: NASA
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. The DoD’s research arm has launched a new program, appropriately titled Phoenix, to create new satellites from the decommissioned and dead satellites currently sitting idle in geosynchronous orbit some 22,000 miles above the Earth.
Source: Popular Science
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