A fractionated-satellite concept—which replaces large satellites with clusters of spacecraft flying in formation—has the potential to drive cultural change and reinvigorate a “mature” U.S. space industry, say proponents. Design work is starting on Phase 2 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-led System F6 program to demonstrate a satellite architecture based on fractionated modules. The work, being undertaken by Orbital Sciences, will lead to a planned flight demonstration in ...


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