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BUSEK PRESS RELEASE DARPA awarded Busek Phase 1 contract for satlet colloid propulsion system for the Phoenix Project Natick, Massachusetts - June, 2012 Busek Co. Inc. is pleased to announce it was awarded a contract for the development of small spacecraft propulsion systems by the US  Department of Defense DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for the Phoenix program, which plans to repurpose failed or obsolete space systems such as communications satellites.  Many of these satellites still have components such as antennas and solar  arrays with significant additional useful life.  The goal of the Phoenix program is to develop and demonstrate technologies to cooperatively  re-use valuable components from satellites in GEO and to demonstrate the ability to create new space systems at greatly reduced cost. The Phoenix program envisions a new class of very small 'satlets' (satellite building blocks) which could be sent to GEO as a temporary  hosted payload on a commercial satellite.  The satlets could then robotically attach to the antenna of a non-functional satellite creating a  new space system.  Busek is funded to develop a system of propulsion satlets able to provide propulsion to the repurposed antenna for  pointing and station-keeping.  While the traditional process of designing, developing, building and deploying space technologies is long and expensive, the Phoenix  DARPA Program seeks to hasten the insertion of emerging technologies into space system development at much lower cost.  Flexible and  reconfigurable systems contribute to this vision, and propulsion represents an important element of this approach. Busek has seven small  satellite propulsion systems in development, and the Phoenix Program selected Busek's electrospray thruster, with NASA ST-7 heritage, for  further development for their satlet application.  ABOUT BUSEK CO. INC. Busek Co. Inc. is a privately held advanced space system company located in Natick, Massachusetts. For over 25 years Busek has  provided a wide range of thrusters, electronics, space systems, research and complete mission and system engineering support for  customers including the major aerospace primes, NASA and the US Air Force.  Busek flight heritage includes products developed for AFRL  TacSat-2, USAFA FalconSat-3, FalconSat-5, and NASA/ESA Lisa Pathfinder.  In the late nineties, Busek licensed its Hall thruster technology to Aerojet Corp. that produced the BPT-4000 Hall thruster now flying on the Advanced EHF satellite. Distribution Statement "A" (Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited) CONTACT: W. Dan Williams, Ph.D.   Director of Business Development   wdanwilliams@busek.com  
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