The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to reuse old communication satellite parts through its Phoenix program, according to Wired.
DARPA is also taking bids from commercial satellite manufacturers to provide a satellite for preliminary testing, according to Katie Drummond’s report.
The Defense Department’s research arm wants the Phoenix program to service satellites using mechanical arms and other tools.
Collections of satellite parts would be directed to enter the graveyard geosynchronous orbit, then equipment would seek out non-functioning antennas and other parts to be attached in a satlet.
Finally, the satlets would navigate the antennas into the correct position and create a new fleet of satellites, according to the report.