space robots recycle satellites-DARPAEarlier this year, a government agency known for its futuristic technologies, introduced its Phoenix program–an initiative that aims to “develop and demonstrate technologies to cooperatively harvest and re-use valuable components from retired, nonworking satellites (already in orbit).

As you can see in the video below, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) demonstrated the ability to create new space systems at greatly reduced cost by creating robots that harvest antennas from dead satellites.

“Performers demonstrate the progress of their work in a lab, an artist’s simulation of a fully-realized Phoenix demonstration scenario runs in the background to help illustrate how the technology may be applied.”

(WATCH the video below or READ the story from FastCoExist)

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