DARPA taps NovaWurks for satellite component repurposing

Jan. 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Space technology firm NovaWurks Inc. has received a U.S. military contract to repurpose components from non-working satellites still in orbit.

The contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is for Phase II and III of the Phoenix Project and carries a base value of $30.8 million. The value of the award would increase to $42.6 million if all contract options are exercised.

"We are blessed to continue our work with DARPA," said Talbot Jaeger, founder and chief technologist at NovaWurks. "Our Hyper-Integrated Satlet, or HISat, conforms to and supports almost any payload. We are pleased to have this opportunity to not just use HISats to construct a Conformal Spacecraft but also to use HISats to perform re-purposing operations while in orbit.

"It is a potentially exciting advancement in space services. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our team's skills and talent."

The non-working satellites are in supersync orbit about 22,000 miles above Earth. NovaWurks will develop, deliver and operate satlet solutions to repurpose their valuable components.

Additional details were not provided by NovaWurks, which worked on the initial phase of the Phoenix Project.

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