September 30, 2013

The Pentagon’s going green!

recycling illustrationRecycling is being taken to a new level thanks to the Pentagon’s research wing. According to this article written by R&D Magazine earlier this year, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is aiming to salvage valuable parts on old satellites to build brand new satellites.

Retired satellites in space often still have working parts, such as antennas and solar panels. Before now, there was no plan to recover and reuse these working parts after they’ve been propelled into space. Talk about a waste!

Thankfully, DARPA is testing out technologies that can hopefully make this idea come to life. The agency thinks that they can eventually save money and also have a higher return on investment on their satellites. A “demonstration mission” in 2016 will show if this idea is plausible.