Photos: DARPA's Futuristic Phoenix Satellite Recycling Project

DARPA Phoenix Artist's Concept


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) describes the Phoenix program: "The goal of the Phoenix program is to develop and demonstrate technologies to cooperatively harvest and re-use valuable components from retired, nonworking satellites in GEO and demonstrate the ability to create new space systems at greatly reduced cost."

DARPA Phoenix Satellite Tender Services Nonworking Satellite


An illustration shows how the proposed DARPA satellite tender would modify a nonworking satellite on orbit.

DARPA Phoenix Viewscreen Concept


A DARPA illustration appears to depict a viewscreen with graphics overlaid showing the satellite tender (left) approaching a non-working satellite.

DARPA's Proposed Phoenix Satellite Tender


DARPA's Proposed Phoenix satellite tender nears a satellite in orbit.

DARPA's Proposed Phoenix Satellite Tender at Work


An artist's illustration shows how DARPA's proposed satellite tender may modify a satellite on orbit.

DARPA's Proposed Phoenix Program Spacecraft


An artist's illustration shows DARPA's proposed Phoenix program spacecraft working in space.

DARPA's Proposed Phoenix Program Spacecraft Works on a Satellite


An artist's illustration shows DARPA's proposed Phoenix program spacecraft approaching a satellite in orbit.

A Different Satellite Servicing Proposal


ViviSat and ATK are developing a spacecraft, called the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) to dock to satellites in orbit, and then use its own thrusters to provide propulsion and attitude control.

An Earlier Proposed Satellite Servicing Vehicle


An artist's illustration of DARPA's Orbital Express spacecraft in orbit, with the ASTRO servicing vehicle (left) bearing down on NextSat.

Another Proposed Satellite Servicing Spacecraft


An artist's conception of how the SIS mobile space gas station will refuel client satellites on orbit.

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