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New friend — or foe — on the way for satellites

By tom On Thursday, January 25 th, 2018 · no Comments · In And more news stories

WASHINGTON — From Defense Secretary James Mattis to think-tankers and congressional military soothsayers, the need to ramp up U.S. space security is being proclaimed more and more and louder and louder.

A key first step may already be underway in one of the most successful parts of the military — DARPA, its research and development entity.

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working with NASA to develop technologies that would extend the life of satellites in space, either through repairs or refueling or possibly unspecified adjustments.

The new technology would create robotic satellites — working title “service stations in orbit” — which will perform critical tasks to maintain satellites. The platform’s capabilities mean they could also sabotage enemy spacecraft in the event of space war or in advance of a ground war.

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