Gallery: DARPA’s Phoenix Spacecraft Cannibalizes And Recycles Derelict ...


Space agencies such as NASA are constantly faced the issue of old satellites decaying in orbit and falling to Earth. Those that don’t stay in orbit around the Earth also create potential collision threats to spacecraft. As a result, many methods are being devised to safely destroy old satellites without causing more space junk and debris. These ideas range from a service station for old satellites to a earth-bound laser system and a solar-powered clean-up spacecraft, however DARPA may have found the perfect solution – a spacecraft that ‘eats’ old satellites and creates new ones.

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