DARPA heads to space.
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A¬†research team at the Pentagon has reported launched a new project aimed at harvesting parts from old communication satellites in an attempt to use them to make new ones.
The project, which is being led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is expected to help lower costs of making new satellites for communication in space, advancing U.S. interests in space technology and communication. DARPA officials announced Tuesday that it plans to offer robotic, in-orbit satellite servicing starting in 2015, which would recycle old satellites to provide greater communication capabilities to warfighters from 22,000 miles above the earth.