DOD leaders seek more innovative and integrated IT
September 02, 2015
Cybersecurity, consolidation and pricing pressures are driving the Defense Department IT agenda, leaders told industry at an AFCEA forum.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
DARPA published a video showing an artist's depiction of how a retired satellite's still usable antenna might one day be salvaged and turned into a new space asset as part of DARPA's Phoenix program.
The goal of Phoenix is to develop and demonstrate technologies to cooperatively harvest and re-use valuable components from retired, nonworking satellites in geostationary orbit to create new space systems at greatly reduced cost.
By robotically removing and re-using GEO-based space apertures and antennas from de-commissioned satellites in the graveyard or disposal orbit, space "junk" could become space "asset," DARPA said.