One person's junk is another person's treasure—or at least that appears to be the premise behind a new effort, appropriately called Phoenix, sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). The basic idea is to harvest parts from decommissioned satellites to build new spacecraft on the cheap. Darpa wants to take advantage of leftover equipment from more than 1,000 satellites that have been launched in geostationary Earth orbit over the past 50 years, many of which are ...


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