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Novawurks launches satellite recycling programme

11th October 2013 - 16:24 GMT | by Andrew White in London

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The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Novawurks a $30.7 million contract to advance its ‘Phoenix’ initiative, aimed at recycling ageing satellite technology.

According to a DARPA statement, Phoenix will ‘develop and demonstrate technologies to co-operatively harvest and re-use valuable components from retired, non-working satellites in geostationary orbit (GEO) and demonstrate the ability to create new space systems at greatly reduced cost’.

The concept is designed to cut back expensive satellite launch and replacement programmes which cost around $1 billion and to re-use antennas, solar arrays and other components to create ‘new space systems at greatly reduced

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