Because of the time and money required to develop satellites, and the costs and risks in launching them, Darpa is trying to change the way we think about space. The agency is focusing on demonstrating technology for quicker, cheaper launches of smaller satellites that can cooperate in orbit. Darpa was on the starting line for the space race sparked by Sputnik’s launch, and its few months as lead agency for U.S. space programs saw the start of the Saturn launch vehicle and Centaur ...

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