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Space Systems/Loral Awarded DARPA Robotic Satellite Assembly Research Contract

Space Systems/Loral Awarded DARPA Robotic Satellite Assembly Research Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting event

satellite airforceA subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates will investigate ideas on how to robotically assemble communication satellites while in orbit under a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

MDA said Wednesday Space Systems/Loral will carry out the study for five months under the initial phase of DARPA’s Dragonfly program, which seeks to launch larger geostationary satellites in pieces through a launch vehicle fairing approach in an effort to reduce the mass and cost of satellites.

DARPA also intends to determine the satellites' capability to perform on-orbit self-assembly and reconfigure radiofrequency antenna reflectors.

SSL has proposed to collaborate with NASA to bring the on-orbit satellite assembly concept to a ground-based demonstration.

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