LOGAN, Utah—Work performed on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (Darpa) Phoenix program to recycle large antennas and other functional gear on inactive orbiting spacecraft is leading toward spacecraft that assemble themselves like growing embryos, one cell at a time. Presentations at the SmallSat 2014 conference at Utah State University here gave new information on the "satlet" concept advanced by Darpa, and on how they would tackle the space-recycling job ...


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