NASA has agreed to collaborate with hover engines manufacturer Arx Pax to develop a device that will work to capture, control and maneuver small satellites and other space objects from a distance through a magnetic tether.
Arx Pax said Wednesday it will use its Magnetic Field Architecture platform to develop the tool under a Space Act agreement with NASA.
NASA uses Space Act agreements to partner with organizations that build technologies the space agency deems as “not part of NASA’s core competency.”
The company“™s MFA is designed to help transmit electromagnetic energy for usage in areas such as transportation and industrial automation.
NASA and the California-based company want the device to help improve efficiencies of miniaturized satellites and plan to expand its use for future space exploration missions.