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May 05, 2016
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.