SSL satellite servicing concept
Malin Space Science Systems - well known for their cameras on NASA's Mars exploration missions - will now provide a camera for a DARPA-funded satellite servicing mission. Credit: Malin Space Science Systems/NASA/JPL
RSGS GEO Robotic Servicing Vehicle (RSV) Credit: DARPA/SSL
DARPA's  Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program, which will demonstrate servicing technologies in GEO, features a payload developed by the U.S Naval Research Laboratory. Here, RSGS's Front-end Robotics Enabling Near-term Demonstration, or FREND, flight prototype robotic arm performs fully autonomous grapple testing. Credit: NRL
DARPA's RSGS program aims to take satellite-servicing technologies tested on the ground into orbit in 2020 to 2021 for a full-up demo. Credit: DARPA
DARPA's  Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program, which will demonstrate servicing technologies in GEO, features a payload developed by the U.S Naval Research Laboratory. Here, RSGS's Front-end Robotics Enabling Near-term Demonstration, or FREND, flight prototype robotic arm performs fully autonomous grapple testing. Credit: NRL
DARPA SST
SSL has won a $20 million contract from DARPA to build two robotic arms that could  help repair or inspect damaged satellites. Credit: SSL.
SSL has won a $20 million contract from DARPA to build two robotic arms that could  help repair or inspect damaged satellites. Credit: SSL.
DARPA’s new Hallmark program seeks to provide improved capabilities to rapidly plan, assess, and execute the full spectrum of U.S. military operations in space.  Credit: DARPA.
Boeing XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane artist concept
Boeing XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane artist concept
Boeing XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane artist concept
DARPA has scrapped plans to launch small satellites from a modified F-15 fighter jet after two tests of a new rocket fuel ended in explosions this year. Boeing is the prime contractor on the program (DARPA artist's concept).
DARPA is studying whether a communications satellite with a robotic arm can put an antenna in place.  In this artist's rendering, the robotic arm is highlighted in green.  Credit: SSL.
Phoenix satlet build

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